New Study Suggests Junk Food Lovin' Millennials Are Slowly Ruining Their Kidneys

New Study Suggests Junk Food Lovin'  Millennials Are Slowly Ruining Their Kidneys
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Maybe it's because we're young and our youthful metabolisms can sustain this kind of consumption (questionable), but apparently, millennials eat a whole lot of junk food. 

Which is pretty damn hypocritical, seeing as kids these days are "driving much of the health-consciousness and ingredient transparency impacting the food and beverage industry," as Cooking Light reported. And apparently, this diet is killing our kidneys.

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According to Food Dive, 53% of millennials surveyed attested to "eating healthy all day yesterday," whenever yesterday was, versus 59% of Generation Xers, 70% of baby boomers and 84% of traditionalists (who, for reference, were born between 1900 and 1945). Some 50% of millennials reported eating "at least five servings of fruits and vegetables for four out of the past seven days," (???), bested by 57% of GenXers and 60% of baby boomers who claimed the same. 

As the Food and Drug Administration's pledge to revise its two-decade-old health definition indicates, there may be a generational gap in what we consider healthful. That could help explain the above discrepancies. Or, it's our unabashed love of pizza.

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Either way, this fruit and veggie aversion doesn't bode well for millennials: a diet rich in junk food might be as kidney-damaging as Type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Experimental Physiology. Researchers fed one group of rats a steady dream diet of marshmallows, chocolate, cookies and cheese for eight weeks and another, a fat-heavy diet for five weeks. Both groups were left with the same kidney wear and tear, suggesting that a sugar-loaded diet and a fatty diet wreak similar havoc on our internal organs. 

On the other hand, anecdotal evidence suggests that pizza saves lives — at least one of them. 

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Claire Lampen

Claire is a staff writer at Mic who covers women's issues and reproductive rights. She is based in New York and can be reached at claire@mic.com.

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