For ages now, there’s been a clear road map toward healthy living: eat less and exercise more. One’s quality of life could largely be determined by how much or how little they indulged in a mere two activities. But if recent studies are to be believed, then it’s not that simple anymore — and the young will suffer for it.
Analyzing the weights of subjects across the generations reveals some dire information. Even if they ate the same amount every day, a person in 2008 was still more likely to be ten percent heavier than a person in 1971. Likewise, the same amount of exercise didn’t keep a 2006 person from being five percent heavier than a 1988 person. Based on that, there are more factors at work besides diet and exercise, helpful as they may be.
Those factors are the very same that millennials will have to tackle from here on. Medication use, genetics, timing of meals, stress, and exposure to light at night time are all contributing factors to weight and overall health — and it’s not hard to see how an unknowing millennial could run into problems with any one of those. The end result is that they’ll have to exercise more and watch their diets more closely than older generations, but it’s unfortunate that they were effectively dealt a bad hand.