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Millennials Fattest Generation in UK by Middle Age, Research Shows

Millennials Fattest Generation in UK by Middle Age, Research Shows
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By    |   Monday, 26 February 2018 05:12 PM

Millennials will likely be the fattest generation in the U.K. by the time they reach middle age, according to new research.

Cancer Research UK predicted millennials born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s will overtake the baby boomers as having the highest proportion of overweight and obese people, The Guardian reported.

Seventy percent of millennials are expected to weigh too much by the time they reach middle age, the study showed. The nonprofit noted the trend is worrisome because excess weight during adulthood has been linked to 13 types of cancer, The Guardian reported.

“These figures paint a worrying picture for the future,” senior clinical nurse specialist at Breast Cancer Care Rachel Rawson said, The Guardian reported. “It’s within our grasp to make simple lifestyle changes like bumping up exercise and eating a healthy balanced diet.”

About 50 percent of the Baby Boomer generation in the U.K. were overweight at middle age, the BBC reported.

Britain has the highest rates of obesity of any Western European nation, and rates are rising faster there than in other nations as well, the BBC reported. As of 2015, 55- to 64-year-olds had the highest obesity rates, but younger generations are on track to be even more obese as they age. 

“Extra body fat doesn’t just sit there; it sends messages around the body that can cause damage to cells,” Cancer Research UK spokeswoman Linda Bauld said, the BBC reported. “This damage can build up over time and increase the risk of cancer in the same way that damage from smoking causes cancer.” 

Bauld said millennials are aware of healthy eating trends, but need to learn to eat balanced diets based around fruit, vegetables, and whole grains while cutting down on junk foods.

On Twitter, some questioned the prevalence of fast food and the effectiveness of more recent dietary guidelines.

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