People are living longer now than they did a generation or two ago... but they aren't as healthy. That shouldn't come as a surprise. Fast food and push-button life-of-leisure aren't particularly good for you.
A study conducted by researchers at medical schools in West Virginia and South Carolina has some interesting findings.
They surveyed "baby boomers" (ages 46-64) recently, and compared the results with people who were in that same age group and took the survey 20 years ago.
13.2% of "boomers" rate their own health as excellent, compared with 32% in the older group.
Boomers have more instances of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes.
38.7% of boomers surveyed are obese, up from 29.4%.
7% of boomers use a "walking assist device," compared with 3.3%.
65% of boomers say they don't exercise regularly, and 52.2% said they have "no regular physical activity." (Compared with 17.4% of the older group.)
On the bright side... there are fewer smokers among boomers, and thus both emphysema and heart disease are down.
The conclusion: “Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, US baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age.”