Millennials improving in key areas of healthStaff Writer | September 9, 2016
Obesity and unhealthy behaviors are costing the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars annually.
Living in America 20.1% of U.S. millennials are obese
For example, 20.1% of U.S. millennials are obese, compared with 32.5% of non-millennial adults, and only millennials have seen their obesity rate go down since 2008, Gallup reports.
Millennials have also bucked the trend in the rise of diabetes nationally, with a 0.5-percentage-point reduction in diabetes compared with 19- to 35-year-olds in 2008, while rates have relentlessly climbed among all other adults.
With millennials now making up nearly two-fifths (38%) of the U.S. workforce, leaders have a unique opportunity to build upon the generation's positive well-being momentum to lead broader improvements across the American workforce.
With this opportunity comes the need to manage millennials in a way that cultivates and encourages their healthy choices and leverages their example for others to emulate.
By doing so, leaders have a real chance to meaningfully improve the critical business outcomes that well-being significantly influences. ■