Baby boomers fatter than, not as healthy as parents

Rich Watton, right, Carol Roinson, center, and Janice Howell, back left, exercise in the gym at the Enfield Senior Center in Enfield, Conn., Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill))

February 4, 2013 1:57:08 PM PST
The retirement years for baby boomers may not be a healthy as their parents.

Baby boomers make up roughly one quarter of the U.S. population. Their retirement years were supposed to be better than their parents, but a new study finds they're fatter than and not as healthy as previous generations.

According to a study in the journal of the American Medical Association, 13.2% of baby boomers reported excellent health compared with 32-percent of individuals in the previous generation. Obesity was more common among baby boomers, according to the research, and boomers aren't doing much to change their health: more than half of baby boomers reported no physical activity.