Health Mistakes Millennials Make Today

Health Mistakes Millennials Make 

 1. Social Media Addiction

A report by the Royal Society for Public Health surveyed 14-24 year olds on their social media habits. It was found that four out of five main social media platforms are linked with increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep. Body image issues are found to be most prominent in millennials due to social media influencers unrealistic body representations. The culprit listed as the most negative was Instagram, also leading to bullying and lack of sleep. Whilst social media is not the root of all evil, it is wise to step back and rethink how much time is spent using it, as well as how it effects our mental health.


 2.  Lack of Sleep

Enough sleep is essential for so many reasons. Our memory, concentration and mood are all greatly dependent on how much sleep we get. According to the Transport Accident Commission, around 20% of fatal road accidents involve driver fatigue. That statistic is too high.

Staying out late with friends, scrolling through newsfeeds, texts or phone calls until late hours of the night are all impacting how well and how much we sleep, unfortunately putting health and safety at risk.


3. Australian Drinking Culture

Australia is regularly reported or casually referred to as having an ‘alcohol culture’ where not consuming alcohol can be viewed as being ‘un-Australian’.  National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) director Professor Michael Farrell said more than a third of the population drank in a manner hazardous to health. It is harmful physically and mentally to anyone, particularly teenagers, as Farrell stresses, 'self- harm, depression, anxiety, suicide risk - all shoot up around this time". 


4.     Fad Diets  

In today’s society and with social media adding pressure to what the perfect body should look like, fad diets are common. Being too restrictive will of course yield only short-term results, which can lead to yo-yo dieting, binge eating and possibly serious eating disorders. Weakening the body by fad dieting long term lead to “muscle breakdown and a shortage of many needed nutrients" and "weaken the body’s ability to fight infections and inflammation, as told Lona Sandon, a dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

 5.    Skipping the Sunscreen

Sunscreen is being used less and less. More and more millennials want to look bronzed and beautiful, however are compromising their health. Sunscreen should be worn by all races and skin types, it is not just for those with light skin. Skin cancer does not discriminate. It also accelerates signs of ageing, by the time you’re in your 40s, it will be evident if you’ve baked yourself without sun protection in your teens or twenties. Visit Cancer Council for more information on the effects of skipping the slip, slop, slap. 


Information sourced from The Check UpBustle and ABC News. 

Sourced from The check up, Bustle in Whitecoat Guides
21 May 2018

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