Sometimes, headlines alone can tell a story.
Start with this one from The Times: “Baby boomers may live longer, but their elders were healthier.”
And while you’re pondering that, check this one out: “Sperm count low among couch potatoes, study finds.”
And finally, there’s this, well, punch-line headline: “Gov. Christie eats doughnut with Letterman; talks Sandy storm aid.”
Yes, boys and girls and boomers, we have met the enemy, and he is us.
Of course, I’m not talking about you, specifically. You may be a bit heavy, but it’s nothing to worry about, right? Which makes you a likely voter for New Jersey’s round mound of governor. As The Times story explained: “Christie has said he is not bothered by jokes about his weight and maintains he is in good health with cholesterol and blood sugar numbers under control.”
Which is a bit like the captain of the Titanic saying that the flooding is under control.
The truth about our health and lifestyles, alas, is more sobering.
For example, researchers from the West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina compared data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey; they measured baby boomers (average age 54.1 when they took the survey between 2007 and 2010) and their elders (average age: 54.5 when they took the survey between the 1988 and 1994). Here’s what they found: