The downside of 'clean-living'


HIIT, vegan, gluten-free, Barre, Paleo – these are all clean-living terms that will resonate with the health-conscious millennial group, and it would be hard to scroll through an Instagram feed that doesn’t include at least one post with these mentions. While the clean-living and Instagram wellness movement has inspired millennials to make healthier changes to their lifestyle and become more health-conscious, we now ask the question – has it gone too far to the point of increasing anxiety levels?

Aviva’s Health Check UK report found that more than a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds say they have suffered from anxiety in the past year. In addition, this same age group are suffering significantly more from feelings of loneliness than any other generation. So, is the strive for the optimum clean lifestyle and the Instagram wellness movement fuelling the rising rates of anxiety among millennials?

Nutritionist and Fitness Instructor Cassandra Barns shares her thoughts: