Are you ageing faster than you should be? New calculator shows you the ‘truth’ about your lifestyle – and the average Aussie is ‘NINE YEARS older’ than they are
- A new calculator reveals Australians are ageing much faster than they should be
- Technology estimates the average person is nine years older than they are
- It measures ‘health age’ based on factors such as height, weight and gender
A revolutionary health calculator claims Australians are ageing nine years faster than they should be.
The free five-minute test from AIA Vitality gives an alarming insight into the true ‘health age’ of Australians by analysing the answers to a range of behavioural questions about diet, exercise, alcohol consumption and mental outlook.
Paired with additional information about height, weight and gender, the calculator determines the user’s average ‘health and wellbeing’ age compared to their actual age.
The concerning results estimate that the average Australian is a staggering nine years older than they should be.
A revolutionary health calculator claims Australians are ageing nine years faster than they should be (stock image)
Gen X, those aged between 41 and 56 years old, are the worst performing generation with an average health age nine years above their true age.
Millennials, who are between 25 and 40 years of age, were the best performing group with an average health age of just under three years older than they actually are.
Of that group, women fared better than men with health and wellbeing ages closer to their true age.
Millennials also have the healthiest Body Mass Index (BMI) and do more exercise than any other generation.
The results reveal they drink the least amount of alcohol per week, while Gen X drink the most.
Key takeaways from true health age research
* Females are faring better than males when it comes to average health age.
* Gen X are the worst performing generation with an average health age that is nine years above their actual age.
* Millennials were the best performing group, however their health age is still up to three years older than their actual age.
* Millennials have the healthiest Body Mass Index (BMI) range while Baby Boomers performed worst in this category.
* Millennials are doing the most exercise, while Baby Boomers are doing the least.
* Baby Boomers eat the most fruit and vegetables, while Millennials trail behind the other generations.
* Gen X drink the most alcohol per week, while Millennials drink the least.
* Millennials have the highest distress score when it comes to their mental health while Baby Boomers fared the best.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
However Millennials fall behind when it comes to diet, eating less fruit and vegetables than other age brackets.
Baby Boomers, who are those aged between 57 and 75 years old, consume the most.
Baby Boomers are also the most mentally stable generation while Millennials reported the highest rate of mental health issues.
To take the test and determine your true health age, please visit the AIA Vitality website here.