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Millennials Are Set to Be the Most Overweight Generation, Here’s Why

When you hear the term millennials, also known as Generation Y, it refers to the generation of people born between 1980 to 1994 (although these dates vary slightly, depending on who you ask). Often this generation is referred to as being selfish, entitled, tech-obsessed, and now, apparently also overweight. According to research, this generation is set to be the most overweight generation in history, and that’s not a comforting thought if, like me, you are one of them.

The research focused on people living in Britain, and according to BBC News, based on population trends, seven out of ten people who are a part of this generation will be overweight or obese when they are middle-aged (between the ages of 35 and 44). In comparison, half of the post-war generation were found to be overweight at this time in their lives.

The problem with being overweight at this age is that it’s not just unhealthy, but it’s also linked to a number of other health complications, such as an increased risk of 13 different types of cancers, including breast and kidney. And this is probably why the research was carried out by Cancer Research UK, who want to make the general public aware of the risks involved with being overweight.

But what is the reason for this shocking weight gain? According to The Guardian, Professor Linda Bauld, a cancer prevention expert, the reason for this is despite millennials embracing healthy food trends, they don’t have a balanced diet and are still not eating enough fruit, vegetables, and fiber (like whole grains), and have a tendency to enjoy junk food.

As for why people should realize this alarming trend of obesity? Well, according to Professor Russell Viner, that’s because being overweight has become normalized in recent years, and not everyone recognizes that they are obese, nor do they realize when their child has a problem with weight. He adds, "Knowledge of the links between cancer and smoking have driven smoking rates down dramatically amongst our young people. We need the same recognition of the dangers of obesity."

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