- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today’s adults are so unhealthy that their bodies act 15 years older than their parents and grandparents at the same age.

Looking at 6,000 adults aged 20, 30, 40, 50 over a 25 year period, a study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that younger generations had poorer “metabolic” health and are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, the Daily Mail reports.

Researchers found that men in their 30s were 20 percent more likely to be overweight than in previous generations, while women in their 20s are twice as likely to be obese than those 10 years ago, the Daily Mail reports.

“The more recently born adult generations are doing far worse than their predecessors,” Author Gerben Hulsegge, from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, said. “For example, the prevalence of obesity in our youngest generation of men and women at the mean age of 40 is similar to that of our oldest generation at the mean age of 55.”

The study also found that blood pressure and diabetes increased among the younger generation of both men and women.