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Are Baby Boomers Aging Better Than Their Predecessors?

Are Baby Boomers Aging Better Than Their Predecessors?

Trends in Overweight, Arthritis, and Mobility Difficulty

(p.223) 7 Are Baby Boomers Aging Better Than Their Predecessors?
Health at Older Ages
Suzanne G. Leveille, Christina C. Wee, Lisa I. Iezzoni
University of Chicago Press

This chapter concentrates on arthritis and mobility-related disabilities, in particular, the trends in the prevalence of being overweight, arthritis, and mobility difficulty among Baby Boomers and their predecessors. The prevalence of being overweight increased profoundly according to age among men and women in each of the ten-year birth cohorts during the three decades beginning in 1971. Additionally, the prevalence of arthritis increased, as expected, with age across the birth cohorts, but substantial intercohort differences in arthritis prevalence are not observed. Mobility disability is a major concern for the aging Baby Boomers because of their greater rates of being overweight and obese throughout adulthood. The data suggest that the profound cultural changes leading to the high prevalence of being overweight and obesity has progressed rapidly across generations.

Keywords:   arthritis, mobility difficulty, overweight, Baby Boomers, age, disability, aging

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