According to research, baby boomers are less healthy than the previous generation. Their rates of obesity is higher, they are less active, and they experience more health issues.
With all that we've learned in the last few decades about health, we'd expect the new generations to live longer and healthier, right?!
Unfortunately, it's getting worse.
Below is a list of the top 3 misconceptions in regards to the status of our overall health and longevity.
Misconception #1 - “We're now living longer”
Thanks to some advances in medicine, some diseases can now be treated and this can extend the life of patients that would have otherwise died. So because of it, we'd like to think that we've increased our lifespan.
Hardly so! We're getting sicker and sicker with each generation, and although we're able to ward off an early death, most people now die of disease rather than old age.
Misconception #2 - “It's all genetic”
Although genetics might come into play to determine your “maximum longevity potential" (how long you can live based on your genetics) and overall health, most of game is based on what you'll do in your life to take advantage of that potential.
Sure, some people can eat just about anything and live to be 90. But what if they had taken better care of themselves? Can you imagine how long they could have lived?
Maybe you don't have the constitution to reach 100. But if you can manage to harness your “longevity potential”, you could add 5, 10, 20 healthy years to your life.
Misconception #3: “Certain foods will make you live longer” and/or make you healthy.
People would like to get the magic pill. “Just tell me what to eat to live longer,” "what should I eat to be healthy," they'll say. Surprisingly, not eating, seems to be the key to living longer and better.
The most common factor of long-lived people is calorie-restriction. That means, most people who live longer eat a little less than average. When the bulk of your diet is composed of high quality, nutritionally dense foods, you learn to consume enough food to meet your needs, you'll take in less calories than what would be recommended for you by daily averages.
Keep in mind there are no obese centenarians!
So it seems that thin is best! If you can have a body fat level that is below average, but still within healthy ranges, then you're dramatically increasing your chances of not only living longer but living healthier too.
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*Inspired by Frederic Patenaude; The author of the best-selling e-book "The Raw Secrets".
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