Unhealthy Food Causes 1 in 5 Deaths

Nearly 20 percent of all deaths worldwide in 2017 were attributable to unhealthy food. Together with high blood pressure and smoking, these are the top 3 risk factors for mortality, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) , published in Lancet.

Unhealthy Food Causes

Heart and vascular disease

In the past, many people died from infections or malaria. But now non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, account for nearly three-quarters of the 55.9 million deaths in 2017. These diseases are also increasing in non-Western countries. The biggest cause of death in the world is cardiovascular disease. Cancer is in second place. Our own behavior is our greatest risk of death, the researchers said. Unhealthy eating accounts for 20 percent of deaths. This is a whopping 70 percent for cardiovascular diseases.


Salt is the most important indicator for unhealthy eating, the researchers said. This is followed by (in the correct order) too few whole grains, fruits, nuts, vegetables, fish, fiber, legumes and unsaturated fats and too much trans fat.

Other risk factors

After unhealthy eating, these are the main causes of death (in the right order): high blood pressure, smoking, increased blood glucose, air pollution, obesity, increased LDL cholesterol, malnutrition (in children) and alcohol abuse. The researchers expect that being overweight will become a stronger risk factor in the future.


The other causes of death are also interesting. The “ opioid crisis ”, with painkillers that are freely available in the US in particular, caused an estimated 110,000 deaths in 2017. The increase in antibiotic resistance is also worrying: 12,700 people died of resistant tuberculosis in 2017, an increase of 14 percent in 10 years' time . The good news is that the number of deaths from HIV / AIDS has been halved since 2007, and the number of measles deaths has fallen by 57 percent.

Source; Guardian

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