Recently, studies have shown the health of young generation nowadays are much more fragile than the previous generation of faster, although life expectancy is longer. According to researchers the only factor to blame is obese.
"It turns out the prevalence of obesity in our youngest generation, both men and women with an average age of 40 years with the oldest generation when the average age is 55 years," said research team leader, Gerben Hulsegge of the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.
"That is our youngest generation health condition will deteriorate 15 years sooner than the older generations and are exposed obesity within a longer period of time," he added.
The new study just published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology observe health conditions when 6,377 men and women aged six, 11 and 16 years old. Then all the participants were divided into two groups based on gender so that researchers can track changes in intergenerational health.
In particular, the researchers observed changes in body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or good cholesterol in participants.
The result also indicates that the generation of today has a metabolic condition that is not as healthy as the previous generation, including much overshadowed by hypertension and obesity than previous generations of the population.
One clue is when a man of the older generation reaches their 30s, only 40 percent were overweight, while in the next generation, a man in his 30s who are overweight has reached 52 percent.
Even Hulsegge stressed that obesity will surpass smoking as the main contributor to the decrease in life expectancy today's generation.
"This finding also means that because of the prevalence of smoking in high-income countries declined then we will likely see a shift from smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer to obesity-related diseases such as diabetes," concluded Hulsegge as reported by FoxNews.
"Therefore, reducing the prevalence of smoking and improving the quality of health care is so important to increase the life expectancy of young generation, though it seems a growing trend of obesity will lead to the slow increase in the life expectancy," he concluded.