Study: Baby Boomers More Unhealthy Than Previous Generation
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A new study shows even though people are living longer these days, Baby boomers are in worse health than their parents were at the same age.
The study, released earlier this month, analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
In it, only 13 percent of baby boomers reported being in excellent health compared with 32 percent of those in the previous generation.
Baby boomers are also more likely to be obese and have hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol.
More than half of baby boomers report no regular physical activity. That's triple their parent's rate.
"It's tremendously complicated," said Dr. John Epling of Upstate Medical University Family Medicine. "We can do a lot in medicine and public health by helping people change, providing the structure for them to change, giving them resources to change. But it ultimately relies on the individual to change and preserve their own health."
The study did have some encouraging news. Compared to the previous generation, baby boomers were less likely to smoke and have related diseases like emphysema.