WE KNOW. YOU are tired of using your computer to write fawning letters to your creditors or to print out the embarrassing totals of your own net worth. You want a program that tells you something about your own life.
OK, here it is: a health-risk-analysis program, devised by a Kansas doctor and based on a questionnaire developed by the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta. You answer 51 health, hereditary and life-style questions posed by the program, and it in turn variously computes your physical age (as opposed to your chronological age) and the top 12 factors most likely to kill you.
Using the program is like taking a multiple-choice test. It asks for your age, race, sex, height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol count, marital status and occupation. It inquires how many miles you drive each year, whether you use a seat belt, pick up hitchhikers, carry a gun for self-protection, indulge in high-risk entertainment or argue with strangers. It asks smokers how many cigarettes they smoke each week and beer drinkers how many bottles of beer they drink. It asks if your parents had diabetes or died young from heart attacks or strokes. It asks whether you've lost your job during the last year, been in jail, divorced your spouse or suffered the death of someone dear.