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dkf

(37,305 posts)
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:43 PM Oct 2012

Study: Baby Boomers’ Health Very Poor, Getting Worse

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Baby Boomer generation’s overall health has been on a sharp decline.

Australian researchers from Adelaide’s three universities have completed the first stage of a report on the generation born between the end of the Second World War and the mid-1960s.

Obesity among baby boomers is more than double the rate of their parents at the same age, and boomers with three or more chronic conditions was 700 percent greater than the previous generation.

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“We have to do something now in terms of reducing obesity as a risk factor if we’re going to manage health costs into the future, but I think more importantly if baby boomers are going to be able to lead active and productive lives in their later years,” he told ABC.

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/10/01/study-baby-boomers-health-very-poor-getting-worse/



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Study: Baby Boomers’ Health Very Poor, Getting Worse (Original Post) dkf Oct 2012 OP
Baby Boomer Bashing is on Wednesdays, not Mondays n/t leftstreet Oct 2012 #1
The debate is Wednesday... Earth_First Oct 2012 #2
Oh, shoot...did I miss the circumcision thread? lapislzi Oct 2012 #7
Yeah, but let me tell you... Mr.Bill Oct 2012 #3
Oh jeeeze...we are in our 50's and beyond, of course our health is getting worse!! yawnmaster Oct 2012 #4
Why are they spinning it to portray us as prematurely frail? pinboy3niner Oct 2012 #5
A dingo ate my baby boomer! flamingdem Oct 2012 #6
! pinboy3niner Oct 2012 #8
!! Chorophyll Oct 2012 #22
!!! BumRushDaShow Oct 2012 #23
!!!! leftstreet Oct 2012 #25
spinning it to imply how terribly unhhhhealllthy boomers are -- how much monnnnney it will cost HiPointDem Oct 2012 #20
Durn 47-percenters!1!! pinboy3niner Oct 2012 #24
All BBs? Or just Australian ones? WinkyDink Oct 2012 #9
Hmmm. Maybe that's why SheilaT Oct 2012 #10
I guess I'm one of the Lucky ones then. Blue_In_AK Oct 2012 #11
I suspect the Aussie boomers had to deal with premature senility pinboy3niner Oct 2012 #13
I understand a lot of the generation before us is already dead. bemildred Oct 2012 #12
Being Raised on a Farm Helped Redlo Nosrep Oct 2012 #14
"Old people getting old." Brickbat Oct 2012 #15
I guess that's why the retirement age so desperately needs to be raised.. Fumesucker Oct 2012 #16
Maybe obesity is a secret government weapon to keep people from collecting SS. dkf Oct 2012 #17
+1 HiPointDem Oct 2012 #21
+2 pinboy3niner Oct 2012 #26
Obesity is up among all ages. Jennicut Oct 2012 #18
This is an Aussie study of American boomers? Habibi Oct 2012 #19
It's called ageing. Welcome to reality people. bluerum Oct 2012 #27
Food Posioning 4 years ago HockeyMom Oct 2012 #28
My health is fine. But it won't stay that way much longer if the repukes get their way kestrel91316 Oct 2012 #29

Earth_First

(14,910 posts)
2. The debate is Wednesday...
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:47 PM
Oct 2012

Therefore (OP) has been moved to Monday.

FYI: The gun control debate has been rescheduled for the second Tuesday of the month.

yawnmaster

(2,812 posts)
4. Oh jeeeze...we are in our 50's and beyond, of course our health is getting worse!!
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:50 PM
Oct 2012

What braniac came up with that headline.
We are well over half way through our lives...
What, our health is going to keep IMPROVING until our death date, then poof, dead???

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
5. Why are they spinning it to portray us as prematurely frail?
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 03:56 PM
Oct 2012

Any minute now I expect a dingo to carry me off...

 

HiPointDem

(20,729 posts)
20. spinning it to imply how terribly unhhhhealllthy boomers are -- how much monnnnney it will cost
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 07:16 PM
Oct 2012

everyone elseeee -- how we can't afffford itttttt -- same old same old.

 

SheilaT

(23,156 posts)
10. Hmmm. Maybe that's why
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 04:28 PM
Oct 2012

I've noticed so many people my age and younger who are taking multiple prescription medications. I'm constantly horrified at how old and ill so many people in their 50's and early 60's are.

While obesity, smoking and certain other habits are often to blame, I also think that because doctors will simply prescribe a medication for whatever's wrong, and almost never look into getting the person to make changes in their lives, we've gotten to this point.

Blue_In_AK

(46,436 posts)
11. I guess I'm one of the Lucky ones then.
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 04:36 PM
Oct 2012

I just turned 66, and I feel great. I just passed my yearly physical with flying colors, walk about 15 miles a week, have a healthy BMI, and the only prescriptions I take are Synthroid and some drops for my eyes after cataract/cornea surgery this spring. I'm planning to live into my 90s if we make it past 12/21/2012.

pinboy3niner

(53,339 posts)
13. I suspect the Aussie boomers had to deal with premature senility
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 04:49 PM
Oct 2012

Twelve years ago I was driving down the road one night with my Aussie visitor (then about 50) when he pointed at the sky and asked, "Is that the North Star, pinboy?"

I looked where he was pointing and then took a couple of beats before answering.

"No, Warwick," I told him. "That's the North Cessna."


bemildred

(90,061 posts)
12. I understand a lot of the generation before us is already dead.
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 04:42 PM
Oct 2012

I suppose that is better, since dead people are no longer a burden to society.

Redlo Nosrep

(111 posts)
14. Being Raised on a Farm Helped
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 05:19 PM
Oct 2012

65 here, walk 6 to 8 miles a day every day and have since my 20's, and am running a hobby farm in my retirement -- but being "active and productive" started in my early teens with farm chores on 110 acres, walking uphill (both ways, of course) two miles to catch the school bus, gym classes, eating organic foods out of the garden and orchard, and hiking/backpacking trips all over Oregon. I'm as addicted to exercise as any junkie.

Just two prescriptions and yes, a bit of middle-aged spread that is melting away with all the projects I'm working with hubby on to whittle down that "Honey-Do" list (chicken coop! shed! outhouse! rain barrel system! ooh, look at this, sweetie!).

Use it if you can, or lose it.

Fumesucker

(45,851 posts)
16. I guess that's why the retirement age so desperately needs to be raised..
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 05:23 PM
Oct 2012

Because the Boomers are all decrepit.



Jennicut

(25,415 posts)
18. Obesity is up among all ages.
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 06:03 PM
Oct 2012

Gen X, Gen Y and my children's generation (those born in the mid 2000's and beyond) all have higher rates of obesity then previous generations did in their 40's, 30's, 20's teens and childhood. Baby boomers may only be obese now. Gen X and Gen Y got fatter younger. And today's kids play more video games, watch more tv, and they have the internet, etc.

Habibi

(3,596 posts)
19. This is an Aussie study of American boomers?
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 07:12 PM
Oct 2012

Seems that way from the (brief) article. Huh?

Did the study take into account the burden on many boomers who are doing elder care during an economic downturn and also trying to save for college/retirement and trying to maintain some kind of income? In Australia, family caregivers are given a care stipend, or so I understand from reading an elder care message board. That helps them pay the bills. Plus, they have socialized medicine, so they can at least get medical care for themselves without going bankrupt.

None of that is true here. Caregiving stress is breaking a lot of middle-aged people, and I'm one of them.

 

HockeyMom

(14,337 posts)
28. Food Posioning 4 years ago
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 07:42 PM
Oct 2012

was the last time I went to a doctor. AGE related? I doubt that. Before that? Sinus infection maybe 15 years ago? I can count on one hand the number of times I HAD to go to a doctor.

Obesity? I weighed 100 lbs in my 20s and still do in my 60s. Only time I weighed more was when I was pregnant (127 lbs). Actually, they tell me I don't weigh ENOUGH. I am 5'1. What am I supposed to weigh???? If I have weighed this for 40 years, maybe it is what I am SUPPOSED to weigh? I am a hyper person. I cannot SIT for long periods (including a JOB that requires me to do so). Maybe it's not so much what you eat, but the "exercise" you get? Oh, just had a Big Mac, fries, and soda for lunch today! Last time? Maybe 4 months ago? When I get the urge, I go with it.

They can take all this and SHOVE IT, as far as I am concerned.

 

kestrel91316

(51,666 posts)
29. My health is fine. But it won't stay that way much longer if the repukes get their way
Mon Oct 1, 2012, 07:53 PM
Oct 2012

and kill healthcare.

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