Did You Know that a Bad Diet is More Harmful for Your Health than Tobacco?

By First Posted: Apr 8, 2019 Mon 6:20 PM
Did You Know that a Bad Diet is More Harmful for Your Health than Tobacco?
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It is scientifically confirmed that bad diet on a regular basis is more harmful for your health than smoking and consuming tobacco.

Unhealthy diets are accountable for high rate of deaths globally per year, more even than smoking tobacco, according to a major study. The research is part of the Global Burden of Disease study by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle, published in the Lancet medical journal.

Heart attacks and strokes are the main diet-related causes of death, followed by cancers and type 2 diabetes. The study found that eating and drinking better could avert numerous deaths around the world. Although regimes vary from one country to another, eating too few fruits and vegetables and too much sodium (salt) accounted for half of all deaths and two-thirds of the years of disability attributable to diet.

The research results show that suboptimal diet is liable for more deaths than any other risks globally, including tobacco smoking, emphasizing the urgent need for improving human diet across nations.

Rather than trying to encourage people to reduce the consumption of sugar, salt and fat, which has been “the main focus of diet strategy debate in the past two decades”, it would be better to promote healthy options.

It is suggested that the leading dietary risk factors are high intake of sodium, or low intake of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables. Hence, there is a need for inclusive involvements to promote the consumption of healthy foods across all nations.


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