Baby Boomers are Sicker Than Their Parents

Baby boomers, the 78 million Americans born from 1946 through 1964, have more chronic illnesses, disabilities and shorter lives than their parents, according to a study released yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

In spite of having access to groundbreaking medical advancements and record amounts of wealth, the baby boom generation is sicker. A whopping 52 percent of them get no regular physical activity, they are also much more likely to be obese (39 percent of boomers versus 29 percent of the previous generation), have high cholesterol (74 percent versus 34 percent), and suffer from diabetes (16 percent versus 12 percent), than their parents.

Fewer baby boomers are smoking, or developing tobacco-related diseases, than the older adults in their parents’ generation. But, they have higher rates of hypertension and high cholesterol, become sicker earlier in their lives, and are more likely to need a cane or walker. All of which can be related to their Indifferent Sedentary Life Style leading to obesity.

Researchers in the study analyzed data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2007 to 2010, looking at baby boomers, and from 1988 to 1994, evaluating the previous generation. They focused on people ages 46 to 64 years during the survey periods. The researchers compared the two groups’ lifestyle, health status, presence of chronic disease and disability.