Millennials, irreligion and obesity
The Pew Research Center defines "adult Millennials" as those born between roughly 1981–1996.
In 2010, the Pew Research Forum reported concerning the millennial generation:
|“|| By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans...
Compared with their elders today, young people are much less likely to affiliate with any religious tradition or to identify themselves as part of a Christian denomination. Fully one-in-four adults under age 30 (25%) are unaffiliated, describing their religion as “atheist,” “agnostic” or “nothing in particular.” This compares with less than one-fifth of people in their 30s (19%), 15% of those in their 40s, 14% of those in their 50s and 10% or less among those 60 and older. About two-thirds of young people (68%) say they are members of a Christian denomination and 43% describe themselves as Protestants, compared with 81% of adults ages 30 and older who associate with Christian faiths and 53% who are Protestants.
Commenting on the issue of millennials and obesity, Futurecast wrote in 2009:
|“|| Gen Y, defined as young adults 18-29, are less active and more obese than earlier generations.
“The proportion of young adults 18–29 years of age who were obese more than tripled from 8% in 1971–1974 to 24% in 2003–2004.”
“Nearly two-thirds of young adults did not have regular leisure-time physical activity and three-quarters did not report strength-training at least twice a week.”
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Atheism and obesity
See also: Atheism and obesity
Secular Europe and communist China have significant problems with obesity (see: Secular Europe and obesity and China and obesity). In addition, Australia has a significant problem with obesity (see: Australia, irreligion and obesity).
In the United States at the present time, the greater the degree of irreligiosity in a generation, the higher their obesity rate is. According to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."
In addition, a significant number of prominent atheists are overweight (see: Atheism and obesity).
For more information, See: Atheism and obesity
- Chuck Norris article on atheism
- Millennials in Adulthood - Pew Research Center
- Religion among the millenials, Pew Research Center
- Millennials: Are They Healthier than Earlier Generations?
- Causes of obesity
- A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, May 23, 2013
- Very Religious Americans Lead Healthier Lives, Gallup Poll, 2010