New Study: One in Five Deaths Associated with Poor Diet, Globally
According to a new study published in The Lancet by the Global Burden of Disease, individuals in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients. This finding has been reported after the study estimates that one in five deaths globally (equal to 11 million deaths) are associated with poor diet.
The study evaluated the consumption of major foods and nutrients across 195 countries and quantified the impact of poor diets on death and disease from non-communicable diseases, like diabetes and cancer, between the years 1990 and 2017.
It focused on 15 dietary elements – diets low in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, milk, fiber, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats and diets high in red meat, processed meat, sugary beverages, trans fats and salt. Diets high in sodium, low in whole grains and low in fruit together accounted for more than half of all diet-related deaths globally in 2017.
The authors found that intakes of all 15 dietary elements were sub-optimal for almost every region of the world – no region ate the optimal amount of all dietary factors, and not one dietary factor was eaten in the right amounts by all 21 regions of the world.
Study author Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, reports, “This study affirms what many have though for several years — that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world.”
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