The gap between the least healthy and most healthy people has increased substantially among young American adults, new research suggests. Among those born early in the 20th century and on through the “baby boom” years (1946-1964), health disparities among generations continuously declined in the United States. But the health gap increased for post-baby boomers, especially those born after 1980, according to a report in the December issue of the journal American Sociological Review.
The study also found that health disparity trends tend to increase as people move into middle age, and then decline as they reach old age. The findings suggest that the disparity between the least healthy and most healthy people will increase for the next one or two decades as younger generations grow older and replace previous generations. For more on this report, visit the MedlinePlus news story here: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_119265.html
- Younger Americans Face Greater Health Disparities (nlm.nih.gov)