A wealth level study conducted by Spectrem's Millionaire Corner finds increased concern over personal health issues
Which is the healthiest generation? It depends on whom you ask. A new “what’s your healthy” study released from Aetna finds that Millenials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers each believe their own generation is the heartiest.
The survey of 1,800 Americans ages 25-64 revealed generational differences in how individuals define being healthy. Almost twice as many Baby Boomers (23 percent) ages 49-64 define good health as getting recommended screenings and checkups compared to Gen Xers and Millennials. Millennials, on the other hand, are significantly more likely than previous generations to define being healthy as having good eating habits (24 percent) and getting regular physical activity (22 percent).
Across the generations, Aetna reports, Americans self-report fairly high marks on health status. Just over one-third (34 percent) said they are living healthier today than they were five years ago with nearly half (47 percent) saying they choose side salads instead of French fries with their meals. Thirty-seven percent said they are trying to cut down on alcohol, while 34 percent are adding tougher workouts to their exercise routine.
Surprisingly, the survey finds that Millennials are more likely than their older counterparts to reach for alcohol when they are stressed. Millennials, too, along with Gen Xers, were found to be more likely than Baby Boomers to stress snack.
Boomers, on the other hand, were most likely to have a “don’t sweat the small stuff” sttitude (53 percent compared with 43 percent of Gen Xers and 36 percent of Millennials. And unlike their younger counterparts, Baby Boomers aren’t as concerned about looking good in their underwear as Millennials and Gen Xers (19 percent compared with 35 percent and 32 percent, respectively.
More Millionaires are concerned about personal health issues this year than they were in 2012, according to a recent wealth level study conducted by Millionaire Corner. Two-thirds said they are concerned about the health of their spouse vs. 62 percent last year, while 60 percent said they are concerned about their own health vs. 58 percent last year.
Age, not surprisingly, is a factor in concern levels regarding health. Millionaires While less than half of respondents under the age of 45 said they are concerned about their own health, the percentage increases steadily with age, with 47 percent of those ages 45-54, 62 percent of Boomers ages 55-64 and 65 percent of seniors saying they are concerned about their own health. The percentages are also progressively higher when it comes to their spouse’s health.
The Aetna survey found that in addition to age, gender is a factor in regards to attitudes about healthiness. Men reported being happier than women with their current weight, while women more than men regard events such as reunions and weddings as the trigger to kickstart a healther regimen.
Donald Liebenson writes news and features for Millionaire Corner. He has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Los Angeles Times, Fiscal Times, Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, and other outlets. He has also served as a marketing writer for Chicago-based Questar Entertainment and distributor Baker & Taylor.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, he is married with a college-age son. He also writes extensively about entertainment.