an unhealthy amount of energy

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Does "an unhealthy amount of energy" refer to "too many energy (to the degree that it affects my health)"?

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The question of whether Osama bin Laden has ever visited the United States, a subject on which I have expended an unhealthy amount of energy in the course of various journalistic and biographical research, has now seemingly been settled. Osama was here for two weeks in 1979, it seems, and he visited Indiana and Los Angeles, among other places.

-The New Yorker

Source:Osama in America: The Final Answer
 
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    Does "an unhealthy amount of energy" refer to "too many much energy (to the degree that it affects my health)"?
    No. This is more of an idiom: an unhealthy amount of energy -> so much effort that most people would have thought that I was mad/insane.

    ("... a subject on which I have expended an unhealthy amount of energy" is an example of self-deprecating humour - the writer realises that he was obsessed with the question.)
     
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