Baby Boomers report poorer health than our parents

The Washington Post reports this morning that baby boomers seem less healthy than their parents. At first, I wasn’t surprised, since I think of people like my dad, who worked a lot harder than I ever did at physical labor (although, unlike me, he did smoke). I think of my generation as a lot heavier than my parents, and obesity is one of the reasons cited in the article. I haven’t looked at the original sources yet, but I do wonder how much of the different might be related to self-reporting — that we boomers are more likely to complain about this or that ache, whereas our parents might not. Our parents perhaps saw it as the normal course of entering midlife and old age, whereas I think boomers have an ideal healthy 50-something that we compare ourselves to.