Study Many Middle Aged Americans Cant Climb Steps Walk Short Distances

04.07.10 | FL News Team

The number of middle-aged people who can't climb ten steps, stoop or walk a quarter of a mile is increasing at an alarming rate. The non-profit RAND Corporation and the University of Michigan studied data from the National Health Interview Survey over a ten-year period beginning in 1997. Some 40-percent of people in the 50-to-64 age group had trouble with at least one of nine basic physical tasks. Many had problems with several. Besides climbing a flight of steps without resting partway up, many middle-aged Americans needed help getting out of bed, and standing for two hours was unthinkable. People gave reasons such as back or neck problems, diabetes and a variety of emotional problems such as depression or anxiety. Many said these conditions started in their 30s and 40s. The findings are published in the journal "Health Affairs."