Have you ever looked at an old photo of your grandma in her wedding dress and thought, “How did she fit in that tiny thing?” Hearing stories about older generations eating a hefty helping of food and hardly exercising are soon to be over. In fact, as the millennial generation grows up, it’s coming to light that we are biologically different than our parents and grandparents.
According to a new study from York University in Ontario, millennials have a biological disposition making it harder to lose weight than it was for their parents in their 20s. The team of researchers compared the weights of 25-year-olds from 1970 to the weights of present day 25-year-olds. The study concluded that a 25-year-old today who eats and exercises the same amount as a 25-year-old did in 1970 would still weigh 10% more.
“Our study results suggest that if you are 25, you’d have to eat even less and exercise more than those older, to prevent gaining weight,” said Jennifer Kuk, Ph.D., a professor of kinesiology and co-author of the study.
In the recently released annual State of Obesity report from the CDC, the steadily rising ascent on the weight charts for every single state is worrisome. Weight management is much more complex than simply counting calories in and calories out, explained Kuk.
“It’s similar to saying your investment account balance is simply your deposit subtracting your withdrawals and not accounting for all the other things that affect your balance, like stock market fluctuations, bank fees, or currency exchange rates,” she said.
Previous studies have found that our body weight is impacted by our lifestyle and environment, including medication use, environmental pollutants, genetics, timing of food intake, stress, gut bacteria, and even nighttime light exposure. Many of these things weren’t around when previous generations were younger and thus, millennials are feeling the effects of such exposure.
“Ultimately, maintaining a healthy body weight is now more challenging than ever,” said Kuk.
Read more about this new study on Shape.com.
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