Youth might be wasted on the young, but according to the CDC, American youths have lost some healthy vigor. While insurance companies refer to young adults, ages 18 to 29, as "young invincibles," this demographic is not as healthy as most of us believe. Here are a few stats compiled by the CDC:
- One-third of this age demographic are cigarette smokers.
- Nearly a quarter of young adults are considered obese.
- Almost two-thirds of 18- to 29-year-olds report having no regular physical activity in their leisure time.
- This group has among the highest injury accident rate leading to ER visits.
Most 20-somethings are not concerned about the long-term effects of their lifestyle habits, but heart disease and diabetes are long-term health conditions that seem to be starting earlier and earlier in the lives of Americans. Young adults may be setting themselves up for chronic health conditions later in life by smoking, being overweight, and not exercising. If you smoke, once again I urge you to quit. It is one of the best things you can do for your health. If you're lacking physical activity, get off the couch and go for a walk. It is a great way to get exercise and see the world.