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millennials healthy habitsMillennials get a bad rap for being spoiled, dramatic narcissists, but the odds may truly be stacked against them when it comes to habits that lead to good health.

According to, a new study published in September in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice showed eating well and exercising does not go nearly as far towards maintaining a healthy weight as it did 20 years ago.

“The study concluded that a person in 2006 who consumed the same number of calories and exercised the same amount as someone in 1988 would have a body mass index (BMI) that was 2.3 points higher,” CNN reports.

How could that be true? Researchers involved in the study said there are many factors linked to obesity that may be causing the phenomenon, with increased stress and lack of sleep at the top of the list, plus exposure to pesticides and industrial chemicals, gut health issues, and an increase in use of medications like antidepressants.

All the more reason to consider your healthy lifestyle a holistic one that goes beyond meal time and workouts. (And at least you can now defer the blame for those weeks when you accidentally replaced your gym time with happy hour?) —Lisa Elaine Held

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