Les miserables: Millennials plagued by stress, anxiety and rising obesity


When Alexandra Knoll landed a job that was actually related to her university education, she cried for an entire day. After spending months sending out resumes, working 50 to 60 hours a week at restaurant gigs, and struggling with anxiety on a near daily basis, she felt like she could finally exhale.

“My generation was told we could shoot for the stars and do whatever we wanted,” said Knoll, a 23-year-old from Toronto. “That was both a blessing and a curse.”

In the conclusion of our three-part series on Millennials, Postmedia checks in on the 7.2 million Canadians born between 1979 and 1993 (about 21 per cent of the population) and asks about the health and well-being issues they face, as well as the likely implications.

Knoll’s battle with anxiety and stress is a hallmark of people in their 20s and early 30s, who according to the American Psychological…

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