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Watching horror films burns calories
看恐怖片能燃燒卡路里

A movie poster advertising a new horror film is viewed at a Brooklyn movie theater in New York City on Jan. 11.
這張一月十一日攝於紐約市布魯克林電影院的照片,是一張宣傳一部恐怖片的電影海報。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

Watching a horror film could burn off a whole bar of chocolate, according to new research released on Oct. 28.

Viewers who put themselves through 90 minutes of adrenaline-pumping terror use up 113 calories on average, close to the amount burned during a half-hour walk and the equivalent to a chocolate bar.

The movie top of the list of calorie-burners was found to be the 1980 psychological thriller The Shining, with the average viewer using up a whopping 184 calories.

Jaws took the runner-up spot, with viewers burning on average 161 calories, and The Exorcist came third, with 158 calories.

The University of Westminster study measured the total energy expenditure of 10 different people as they watched a selection of frightening movies.

Scientists recorded their heart rate, oxygen intake and carbon dioxide output and discovered the number of calories used increased by a third on average during the films.

The research also revealed films featuring moments designed to make viewers jump in terror are the best calorie-burners, as they cause heart rates to soar.

(Liberty Times)

據十月二十八日發布的新研究,觀看一部恐怖片可以讓人消耗相當於一整根巧克力棒的熱量。

觀眾看完九十分鐘能激發腎上腺素的恐怖片,可以消耗多達一百一十三卡路里的熱量,相當於於散步半小時、或是一根巧克力棒所含的熱量。

位居最能燃燒卡路里的恐怖片榜單之首的是一九八○年的心理驚悚片《鬼店》,平均每位觀眾消耗多達一百八十四卡路里的熱量。

《大白鯊》居次,觀眾平均消耗一百六十一卡路里;排在第三的是《大法師》,平均消耗熱量為一百五十八卡路里。

由西敏寺大學進行的這項研究,衡量了十名不同受試者在觀看所挑選出的恐怖電影時的總能量消耗。

科學家記錄了他們的心跳、攝氧量和二氧化碳排出量,發現在觀看恐怖片時,受試者的卡路里消耗平均增加了三分之一。

研究還顯示,電影裡那些把觀眾嚇得跳起來的鏡頭能使人消耗最多熱量,因為這能引起心跳急劇加速。

(自由時報/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. equivalent n.

相等物 (xiang1 deng3 wu4)

例: The French word has no equivalent in English.

(這個法文字在英文中沒有相對應的一個字。)

2. whopping adj.

極大的 (ji2 da4 de5)

例: That was a whopping lie aimed at covering up his own misdeeds.

(這是意在掩飾他自己罪行的漫天大謊。)

3. runner-up n.

第二名;亞軍 (di4 er4 ming2; ya4 jun1)

例: Ten runners-up will each receive a sweatshirt.

(十位亞軍每人將可獲得一件運動衫。)


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