Millennials Have To Work Harder To Stay Thin Than Other Generations

posted: 10/08/15
by: TLCme

Millennials may think they have it all, but one thing they don't have? Faster metabolisms. At least that's what a new study published in the Obesity Research & Clinical Practice journal found. In fact, it's harder for adults today to maintain the same weight as our jazzercising parents.

Authors of the study looked at dietary information for more than 36,000 people between 1971 and 2008, along with physical activity logs of people between 1988 and 2006. They grouped the data sets together based on food and activity, age, and BMI.

They found, surprisingly, that a person eating the same amount of calories and exercising the same amount as a person and the same age as a person in 1988 would have a BMI that's around 2.3 points higher. Another way to put it: People are generally around 10 percent heavier today, even if they do the exact same diet and exercises that people in the '80s did.

Now you have the perfect rebuttal when your mom comments on your eating habits.

So what's the solution? Sadly,"if you are 25, you'd have to eat even less and exercise more than those older, to prevent gaining weight," says Jennifer Kuk, a professor of kinesiology and health science at York University said as part of the study.

Researchers still aren't sure what caused this massive shift in weight gain, but they hypothesize that anything from chemicals in food packaging to the increase in use of prescription drugs could have something to do with it.

Either way, Kuk and her fellow researchers hope that their study results encourage people to be kinder to those who are obese. "They're judged as lazy and self-indulgent. That's really not the case," says Kuk. "If our research is correct, you need to eat even less and exercise even more" to stay fit.