What Are The Top Health Risks Facing Young Adults?
Written by Craig Rogers,
in Section Healthy Lifestyles
It is commonly assumed that young adults are full of vibrant youth and are hardy individuals, in the peak of their lifetime health.
What many people don't realize is that recent studies have shown that various health risks and disease are adversely affecting the mortality rates of this newer generation – also known as Millennials. Overall, it has been observed that this generation of young adults are less active and more obese than earlier generations.
While this may be shocking some, a closer look at the causes reveal that we shouldn't be surprised at all. The top cause of death, for example, is unintentional injury, which has been responsible for the demise of 40 per 100,000 young adults in recent years. Smoking and obesity are right behind this statistic, which reflects back on the fact that today’s young adults (on average) are living a more sedentary lifestyle. This is upsetting, though hardly much of a surprise considering the advancement of technology (and its pull of vast entertainment), and the hours upon hours of homework that teachers require of students. This is especially true when a student is taking higher classes, such as the Honors and/or Advanced Placement (AP) courses. This stress and lack of physical activity leads to smoking and obesity. It has been shown that 24% of young adults are obese, while 28% are overweight, but not obese, as of a few years ago. (This is triple what the rates were between 1971 – 1974.)
But - could all of this be prevented?
They absolutely could, and here's why:
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