THE HEALTH OF THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS CONTINUES TO DETERIORATE
"You know there’s a retirement crisis going on when a sizable chunk of Americans think winning the lottery is a reasonable way to stop working, rather than developing a saving and investment plan. Yet nearly two thirds of millennials say winning the lottery could be a good retirement bet, according to a new survey conducted by Stash on attitudes toward investing." From the last week's issue of Stash Invest (Why Saving for Retirement Isn’t Playing the Lottery)
Considering I covered it back in early 2013 (GENERATIONAL HEALTH IS DETERIORATING), it's not surprising to see a continuation of the same trend. New research from Blue Cross / Blue Shield shows once more that the health of our nation's younger generation is not what it should be, nor what it's been in generations past. After looking at over 70 million millennials (those in their twenties and thirties who were born between 1981-1996), their report (The Health of Millennials) determined that as a group "they have higher prevalence rates for nearly all of the top 10 conditions than did Generation X members when they were in the same age range."
Despite 83% of millennials categorizing themselves as having "good or excellent health," data shows a precipitous decline in American health, starting at (gulp) age 27. Twenty seven? That's right. At an age when today's young men and women should be striding confidently into their physical prime, statistics show that they're already falling apart. Realize that as a company with billions to lose if these figures are off, this report is probably more accurate than most of today's PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH.
What can we take away from this report? Nothing new really. As I've been saying for a long time, if people think today's older generation has health problems --- people who grew up outdoors, raising gardens, engaging in regular physical activity and community, and eating real food --- wait till they see what's coming down the pike as far as our younger generation is concerned. "Landslide" does not do justice to what's taking place in American health. It's more like a full-on TSUNAMI TIDAL WAVE! Blue Cross' solution? I could only categorize it as a gumbo of PC mumbo jumbo.
"With a focus on engaging millennials, identifying key drivers and enacting innovative solutions, BCBS companies are launching Millennial Health Listening Sessions across the country, a series of workshops to learn from leading healthcare experts, employers, digital leaders and millennials on how the healthcare system can help create a path toward better health for this generation. The insights in this report on the health of American millennials can serve as a catalyst for improving the health of all Americans."
People can say what they want about the staggering cost of medical care and drugs in America, but decades of poor choices by a dramatically increasing proportion of the population is the ultimate driver. It's also why no one, Democrat nor Republican, has a valid, sustainable, fiscally responsible, national healthcare solution (HERE). That's because health is as it's always been --- up to you. No one can make you healthy. No one can legislate that you take better care of the health of your family. No one can force you to make healthy decisions regarding your FOOD BUDGET. And no one can make you GET OFF OF YOUR PHONE / COMPUTER and get outside and exercise. But someone could give you a health template.
Fortunately for you, I've created a list of things that people can contemplate as far as starting the process of breaking the chains of chronic illness and chronic pain, and taking charge of their life and health again. It's not as difficult as you might think, as long as you have a blueprint --- a written plan / directive. HERE is how to start the process of creating your own personalized EXIT STRATEGY to get you to the life and health you've always wanted. And whether you are a millennial or not, realize that this process does not get easier as you get older --- that's why you need to start today. If you know someone who could benefit from today's post or the powerful information found on our site, a great way to reach those that you love and value most is by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).