Millennials might not have to use an abacus and walk uphill both ways in the snow, but new research suggests they don't have it as easy as previous generations when it comes to staying fit.
A study from experts at York University's Faculty of Health suggests that it could be harder now more than ever before to maintain a healthy body weight. With that said, if you're in your mid-20s, you'll likely need to eat less and exercise more than your parents did to avoid gaining weight and becoming obese, according to a press release. Basically, if you don't want a Dad Bod, you'll have to work harder at being healthy than your dad.
After analyzing dietary data of nearly 36,400 American adults collected by the National Health and Nutrition Survey between 1971 and 2008 as well as data on the physical activity of 14,419 adults from 1988 to 2006, the researchers found potential explanations for why our waistlines keeping growing and suggest that there's more to it than just your diet and amount of exercise. While eating well and working out obviously results in weight loss, those methods alone might not be an effective solution to weight loss in the long run, they said.