Poll: Baby Boomers Most Obese Generation

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A new poll released by The Associated Press poll revealed that baby boomers are more obese than any other generation.

The AP-LifeGoesStrong.com poll shows that about a third of respondents struggle with obesity and roughly half exercise regularly. Thirty-six percent of baby boomers are overweight, if not obese.

As the post-war baby boomer generation -- born between 1946 and 1964 -- starts hitting their 60s, health experts warn it will lead to high Medicare costs. Obese people are more prone to suffer from blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

Only about a quarter of the boomers polled get the average amount of aerobic activity needed to stay fit and maintain healthy weight.

And 37 percent never do any kind of strength training, which is needed to fight muscle loss as you age.

Sixty percent of those polled say they're dieting to try to lose those extra pounds, but health experts say it takes more than healthful eating. Physical activity is also needed to stay in shape.

Walking is the most popular form of exercise for baby boomers. 

The survey, conducted from June 3-12 by Knowledge Networks of Menlo Park, Calif., involved online interviews with 1,416 adults, including 1,078 baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points; for the boomers, it is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

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