MARIETTA, Ga.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--According to Life University, a leading chiropractic college and vital health university, Millennials (ages 15-27), are overly optimistic about their own health, despite admitting to the same unhealthy habits that have caused chronic illness in previous generations.
On a scale of 1-10, a vast majority (84%) rate their own health higher than a seven and more than a third (38%) rate their health as high as a nine or ten. Millennials also believe that they are healthier than other generations – one in four say they are healthier than their parents now and 61 percent think they will be healthier when they are their parents’ age than their parents are today.
However, even though Millennials think they are healthy, their actual habits predict otherwise. More than half (58%) say they eat junk food several times a week, 50 percent drink soda regularly, 50 percent do not get enough sleep, 44 percent do not exercise on a regular basis, 17 percent smoke cigarettes frequently, 13 percent have unhealthy relationships and six percent drink too much alcohol several times a week.
“The national healthcare debate has triggered endless discussions about cost and access, but very little dialogue about whether the system promotes sustainable health,” said Dr. Guy Riekeman, co-author of the Millennial survey and President of Life University. “Millennials believe they are the healthiest generation, but the reality is that they are no different from their parents. Both age groups have a quick-fix mentality towards health that’s been reinforced by our country’s policies. If Millennials want to avoid the same diseases that are beginning to harm their parents, they must adopt habits that support prevention and wellness. Perhaps then their children will understand what it really means to be healthy.”
These findings are from the first annual edition of Millennial Myopia: What Young Americans Don’t Know About Healthcare, a survey examining the opinions of 1,000 Millennials, defined as ages 15-27, spread evenly across the country, on health, wellness and healthcare reform.
Below are some of the major findings from Millennial Myopia: What Young Americans Don’t Know About Healthcare:
Millennial Myopia: What Young Americans Don’t Know About Healthcare is a national telephone and online survey conducted by The OSR Group., an independent market research firm, whose interviewers surveyed 1,000 Millennials (defined as ages 15-27), using a telephone (600) and online (400) survey conducted within a scientifically-developed, pure random and evenly spread sample.
Life University, is a leading institution of higher education nationally recognized for its innovative chiropractic college and commitment to providing a high-quality undergraduate and graduate healthcare education. As the number one vitalistic healthcare institution in the world, Life University offers eleven specialized undergraduate program degrees, with defined pre-professional tracks in the realm of natural and vital health including an accelerated pre-chiropractic college program, graduate programs in sport health science and nutrition and a doctorate program in chiropractic. Life University also has innovative programs in biology, biopsychology, business administration, computer information management, dietetics, life coaching and psychology studies.