Obesity is now killing more people than hunger

Research results compiled from the work of nearly 500 researchers in 50 countries conclude that obesity and the diseases that arise as a result are overtaking problems related to hunger on a global scale.
The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, published in The Lancet, provides data about worldwide health trends between 1990 and 2010 and says that obesity-related deaths are occurring three times more than fatalities related to malnutrition and starvation. The report found that one in four deaths in 2010 were attributable to heart disease or stroke and 1.3 million deaths were due to diabetes. Blood pressure was found to be the biggest global risk factor for disease, followed by tobacco, alcohol, and poor diet.

It also found that while average life expectancy is ten years longer since 1970, more years are being lived with injury and illness.

Posted: 21/12/2012 13:51:33 by Emily Kelleher


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