According to a report published by Sanford Health in 2022, millennials are deemed the “wellness generation,” with 79% of Americans aged 26-40 saying health is the most important thing in their lives, second only to family.
8 Reasons Why Millennials are Healthier Than Boomers
But does that make them the healthiest of the two compared to baby boomers? Not necessarily. While millennials are generally more focused on health and well-being, they still have bad habits. Let’s dive deeper.
Millennials Eat Healthier
Boomers rode the wave of the convenience of fast food and microwave meal culture, resulting in their diets being high in processed foods, saturated fats, sodium, and sugar.
Millennial Generation Adopts Healthier Eating Habits
Millennials and Generation Z are more conscious of their food, opting for fresh produce, farmers’ market food, and plant-based options. Many younger generations also turn their noses to indulgences that boomers typically enjoy, such as alcohol and cigarettes.
Millennials Exercise More
A 2021 survey concluded that as many as 70% of American millennials were regular gym-goers and made exercise a priority.
Millennials Show Increased Focus on Physical Fitness
As for boomers, the only ones participating in regular fitness routines are considered “time-rich.”
Millennials Prioritize Wellness & Mental Health
Studies have shown that millennials consider health and wellness as a way of life, not an investment or goal (which boomers do).
Millennial Generation Places Emphasis on Wellness and Mental Health
Also, millennials are far more likely to seek long-term help for mental health issues than boomers.
Millennials are Less Likely to Have Health Issues
Studies conducted by Park University have revealed that baby boomers are more likely to suffer chronic conditions than earlier and later generations.
Millennial Generation Experiences Lower Incidence of Health Concerns
This is linked to their reliance on processed foods, high sugar intake, smoking, lack of exercise, and weak immune systems caused by pharmaceuticals.
Millennials Do Not Expose Themselves to UV Rays as Much
You won’t catch millennials in sunbeds because they are more knowledgeable about UV damage and skin cancer than boomers are.
Millennial Generation Reduces Exposure to UV Radiation
Boomers used to “tan” by slapping cooking oil on their skin. Go figure…
Millennials Take Their Supplements
The company Nutraingredients has outlined millennials – particularly millennial women – as being the most conscious of their immune systems.
Millennial Generation Embraces Supplementation for Health
Over 70% of millennials include vitamin and supplement ingestion as a regular part of their lives.
Millennials are Less Tolerant of Workplace Stress
Boomers certainly have a lot to say about the millennial approach to work and their “job loyalty” (or lack thereof). Still, millennials value their health over their job role.
Millennial Generation Shows Decreased Tolerance for Workplace Stressors
This means millennials are less likely to tolerate toxic work environments, instead seeking better-suited and less stressful roles.
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Now, let’s look at the flip side.
Baby Boomer Generation Reduces Dependence on Technology
Let’s face it. Millennials are glued to their devices. Boomers aren’t as tech-reliant as millennials and Generation Z and therefore are more present.
This means less squinting, fewer migraines, and fewer cognitive issues associated with cell phones and gaming.
Boomers are Less Reliant on Energy Drinks
Millennials love their Red Bull and Monster energy drinks, which contain sugar and other questionable artificial ingredients.
While most boomers love coffee, they’re not infiltrating their systems with these (sometimes dangerous) high-energy drinks.
Boomers are More Likely to Have Healthcare
According to a study by Canton & Company in 2021, baby boomers and the silent generation currently represent the highest portion of healthcare users in the United States.
While not ignorant of the need for healthcare, millennials are more likely to opt into it if it comes as a job perk.
Less Prone to Mental Health Disorders
Statistics show that mental health issues are most prominent in the younger generations, such as millennials and Generation Z.
In 2021, it was reported that as many as 90% of Gen-Z’s were suffering from stress, anxiety, and/or depression.
More Aware of Mortality
Because of their age and the natural deterioration of their bodies, boomers are becoming more health-conscious to expand their life expectancy.
Baby Boomer Generation Recognizes the Importance of Planning for Later Life
This means they are making time for wellness, making sure their medical insurance is up to date, and undergoing regular physicals.
Studies have outlined millennials as the second-highest smoker group, with Gen-X being the first and Gen-Z being the third.
The percentage of boomer smokers, as of 2020, is roughly 9%, whereas millennials are 14.1%.
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