Worse than smoking? Poor diets kill 11 million people per year.
A new study by the World Health Organisation has found that diets high in salt and sugar, and low in fibre led to the deaths of 11 million people every year. Tobacco smoking is believed to kill 7 million people per year.
The study involved analysing 20 years of data from more than 190 countries, examining deaths from diseases including cancer, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. In addition to high levels of sugar and salt, people with the worst health issues were not eating enough fruits and vegetables that are high in dietary fibre.
Overconsumption of sugary soft drinks and processed meats was one of the main culprits identified by the study, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The nations with the lowest levels of diet-related death were those that tend to follow the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and proteins.
Poor diet emerged as the biggest risk factor for death around the world, and affects people regardless of gender, age and other demographic measures.
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