Reportedly, more young people born in the United States between 1981 and 1996 have physical and mental disorders.
This is the most educated and connected generation the world has ever known. Yet they suffer. According to an American study, the health of Millennials is worse than that of their parents, and that would have economic consequences in the United States.
Hypertension, depression and hyperactivity
The term ‘millennials’ refers to those born between 1981 and 1996. The study of their state of health was carried out by BlueCross BlueShield, an organization that brings together various health insurers in the United States. The researchers found that the health of these young people deteriorates faster than that of their older counterparts: They are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression or hyperactivity. Between 2014 and 2017, the proportion of people with high blood pressure in this population increased by 16%, depression by 31% and hyperactivity by 29%. In 2017, 60% of deaths among 25-29 year olds were due to random causes, including overdoses or suicides. Fifteen years earlier, these factors accounted for less than half of deaths among young people of the same age. According to the study’s projections, without medical follow-up the mortality rate could increase by 40% compared to the previous generation of the same age.
According to the study, this ill-health could increase health expenditure by 33%. “If the current decline in health continues, the long-term consequences for the U.S. economy could be severe,” say the study’s authors. Today, a large proportion of U.S. workers belong to this generation: they would represent 73 million people in the country and 35 percent of the workforce. Absenteeism and lower productivity could reduce GDP per person by 1-11% compared to the generation X that preceded it.
The researchers go even further in their analysis of this phenomenon: aren’t economic difficulties the cause of this increase in health problems? The analysis of regional data shows that regions with high unemployment and lower income levels are more concerned about the deteriorating health status of young people.