Millennials Have to Work Harder to Avoid Getting Fat
When it comes to controlling their weight, millennials may have it harder than previous generations.
A study from New York University’s Faculty of Health suggests that parents of millennials can eat more and exercise less than their children and still avoid the risk of obesity easier than their children. Researchers say this suggests that diet and exercise alone aren’t the only factors in curbing the risk of obesity.
So what exactly is making it “harder than ever” to stay in shape? Experts say factors such as lifestyle and environment, medications we take and our genetics may all play a role.
Scientists analyzed data from more than 36,000 American adults who participated in the National Health and Nutrition Survey between 1971 and 2008. Researchers were also told how often 14,400 of the adults were physically active between that same time period.
For a “given amount of self-reported food intake,” researchers found that a person in 2008 was shown to be 10 percent heavier than in 1971, as well as five percent heavier for the same amount of physical activity in 1988 than 2006. This data, they suggest, may also be why obesity is much more prevalent today than it was in 1971.