Poor Diet Kills More People Globally Than Tobacco And High Blood Pressure

Poor diet linked to 1 in 5 deaths globally: Study - The Jakarta Post

Poor diet linked to 1 in 5 deaths globally: Study - The Jakarta Post

The countries with the lowest rates of diet-related deaths, however, were Israel (89 deaths per 100,000 people), followed by France, Spain, Japan and Andorra.

Poor diets are killing almost 11 million people a year - more than smoking, high blood pressure, or any other health risk, a major global study has found. The study found that eating and drinking better could prevent one in five deaths around the world.

Additionally, 255 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) - which equal the sum of life years lost and years lived with disability - were because of poor diet. "We are what we eat and risks affect people across a range of demographics, including age, gender, and economic status".

Similarly, several older studies show a correlation between diet and the prevalence of non-communicable diseases.

An estimated 11 million deaths were attributable to poor diet worldwide in 2017.

Deaths related to diet have significantly increased from 8 million in 1990 to 11 million in 2017, researchers said, largely due to increases in the population and population ageing.

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The assessment depicted the factors for diet-related deaths are high sodium, low whole grains, fewer fruits, fewer nuts and seeds and fewer vegetable intake. While doctors and nutritionists generally focus on trying to get people to decrease the amount of sugar, trans-fat, and salt included in their diets, the team which conducted the study has stated that it may be more beneficial to have them highlight the foods which should be included rather than the ones which should be reduced. Some of those gaps, Afshin said, result from food producers and manufacturers.

In India, low intake of whole grains was the leading dietary risk factor for deaths and disability, findings of the study show.

Harvard Professor Dr. Walter Willett, a co-author of the study, said it was important to look at changing diets across the world.

The balanced Mediterranean diet many Israelis enjoy mean they are up to ten times less likely to die from causes related to what they consume than the citizens of Uzbekistan, which recorded 892 diet-related deaths for every 100,000.

"A menu of integrated policy interventions across whole food systems, internationally and within countries, is essential to support the radical shift in diets needed to optimize human, and protect planetary health", said Prof.

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