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Those baby boomers aren't that healthy after all

Most Western nations focus on the state of health of their citizenry, especially those who are ageing. Now, with people living longer, more opportunities and options to exercise and giant strides in medical knowledge and medication, there should be no doubt that baby boomers are much healthier than their forebears......

Wrong! - it seems from this rather startling and revealing piece in the Washington Post:

"As the first wave of baby boomers edges toward retirement, a growing body of evidence suggests that they may be the first generation to enter their golden years in worse health than their parents. While not definitive, the data sketch a startlingly different picture than the popular image of health-obsessed workout fanatics who know their antioxidants from their trans fats and look 10 years younger than their age.

Boomers are healthier in some important ways -- they are much less likely to smoke, for example -- but large surveys are consistently finding that they tend to describe themselves as less hale and hearty than their forebears did at the same age. They are more likely to report difficulty climbing stairs, getting up from a chair and doing other routine activities, as well as more chronic problems such as high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes."

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