The Most Physically and Mentally Unhealthy Generation in History:
Millennials are the most physically unhealthy generation since the Great Depression. They have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression and suicide than any other previous generations.
There is no reason why they cannot become one of the worst generations ever if nothing changes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), millennials are twice as likely to die from suicide than baby boomers were at their age. They have a higher rate of drug use, alcohol abuse and smoking compared with any other generation.
Their risk of developing a mental illness is three times greater than that of Gen X or even Silent Generation.
The first signs of trouble started appearing when the recession hit. The unemployment rate among millennials increased to nearly 30%.
With jobs scarce, many young adults turned to drugs and alcohol. Many became homeless or lived with their parents. Some dropped out of school altogether because they couldn’t afford it anymore. Others struggled financially due to high student loan debt.
Although the economy has improved, the improvements haven’t necessarily had a positive impact on millennials’ health. The rise of social media and smartphones have created a society of “instant gratification.” Many struggle with self-esteem issues and feelings of inadequacy due to the “Instagram standard.”
The recent mass shooting at a Parkland, FL high school has brought the issue of gun control back into the limelight. Many are saying that part of the problem is millennial’s obsession with social media, smartphones and video games.
Some blame the parents who focused on safety and never taught their kids how to deal with stress, anxiety or failure. Others think it’s a combination of all these factors plus more.
The health issues millennials struggle with can be compared to those of the Greatest Generation. World War II veterans faced similar ailments as they aged because of their habits during the war.
Their tough childhood and young adulthood exemplified the “toughness” of the generation.
The Great Recession has made it difficult for millennials to enter the job market, buy homes or start families. It has created a “lost” generation much like the Roaring Twenties did with the Lost Generation of WWI vets.
Both generations faced serious health issues as they aged. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important for millennials to look after their mental health now.
The good news is that millennials are taking steps to improve their health. More young people are running for office, protesting against gun violence and becoming more involved in politics.
They’re living healthier lifestyles, focusing on “mindfulness” and getting rid of toxic people from their lives.
Millennials may very well become the healthiest generation in history by taking the necessary steps now to avoid serious health problems in the future.
This is the first article in a series on millennials.
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