Eight Reasons We’re OK With Being Less Healthy Than Women Twice Our Age

If your mom is anything like mine, she’s in better shape than you are. Instead of feeling bad about having a mother who is more fit than yourself, know that this isn’t uncommon these days, according to a U.K. study of 4,000 people. Researchers found that the average 25-year-old consumes more than 2,300 calories a day, exercises three times a week, and consumes 12 types of junk food each month. The average 50-year-old, on the other hand, takes in 1,990 calories a day, does at least four different types of exercise on a weekly basis, and eats just one piece of junk food each week. But these findings aren’t all that surprising to us. Aren’t you supposed to be reckless when you’re young? After the jump, why we think it’s OK to be unhealthy in your 20s. [Marie Claire U.K.]

  1. Your metabolism can handle endless handfuls of cheese balls now, and you should devour them while you can.
  2. Without a family to support, you have the disposable income to order a lot of take-out. Heck, it might even be more cost-effective to do so than buying loads of ingredients at the grocery if you’re eating alone.
  3. Who has time to exercise when you meet friends for dinner several times a week?
  4. Not belonging to a gym can help you save money for when you retire and want to live at one of those all-inclusive places that offers yoga classes and has a pool.
  5. When you’re no longer working, you will fill your days by going to the gym. It would be a bad idea to burn yourself out on physical activity so early in life.
  6. With little responsibility other than your 9 to 5 (no yard to mow or kids to take to soccer practice), you can sleep off your hangover all weekend without disturbing anyone else’s life.
  7. If you don’t have your own washer and dryer, you’re saving money by not having to spend all those quarters washing workout clothes.
  8. You’re still young now and need to eat a lot to know what you like and develop your taste preferences. (Yes, you absolutely should order two desserts.)