A Canadian Study in Arthritis Care & Research concludes that young generations are reporting arthritis at an earlier age. The authors of the study believed it is linked to rising obesity rates.
The study looked at arthritis incidence in four different groups:
- The World War II group (1935-1944) is the benchmark group.
- The generation Xers (1965-1972), where the odds ratio for arthritis was 3.20.
- The younger baby boomers (1955-1964), where the odds ratio for arthritis was 2.14.
- The older baby boomers (1945-1954), where the odds ratio for arthritis was 1.48.
The study was conducted by Elizabeth Badley, PhD, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and her colleagues. Bailey and her team found that severely obese people were 2.5 times more likely than people with a normal body mass index (BMI). Continue reading