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What Your Generation Means for Your Health

Our lifestyles have changed a lot in recent decades, and in many ways become more convenient, for example, instead of going to the stores now, we can just shop online. And we don’t even have to make dinner because there are microwave meals or food delivery services readily available. But this convenience can also impact an individual's health, as can many other factors, and millennials are at a greater risk for health issues than any other generation.

Millennials are the generation of people born between 1981 to 1996, and according to population trends, these individuals are believed to be the fattest generation yet. According to the analysis by Cancer Research UK (via The Independent), by the time individuals in this generation are middle-aged (between aged 35 to 45), 70 percent of them will be overweight or obese. Obesity has been linked to a number of health issues, including an increased risk of certain types of cancer such as breast, bowel, and kidney.

In comparison to millennials, baby boomers, the generation born between 1946 to 1964, had 50 percent of people who were overweight and obese when middle-aged, The Independent reports.

It’s not just obesity that is a concern, and according to Bustle, other health effects stem from a greater dependence on digital devices, which results in greater exposure to blue light, and in turn, can affect the vision and cause eye strain.

Millennials are also susceptible to neck pain because of the nature of many people’s jobs, which require them to sit behind a desk for around 40 hours per week. Plus gastrointestinal distress has become more common in millennials, with Bustle noting that a possible cause is the fact that individuals are taking more over-the-counter medication for their headaches, and acid reflux is a side effect.

"When [millennial's] parents were their same age, they were not having anywhere near the same health concerns," Mariea Snell, DNP, told Bustle. "[Millennial] concerns are really mirroring that of a middle-aged person or older.

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