ONE in Five deaths worldwide linked to unhealthy diet.

Eleven million deaths worldwide in 2017 were linked to people eating poor diets high in sugar, salt and processed meat that contributed to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, a global study found.

The research, published April 3 online in The Lancet, found that among 195 countries studied, the proportion of diet-related deaths was highest in Uzbekistan and lowest in Israel.

The United States ranked 43rd, while Britain, was 23rd, China 140th and India 118th.

Consumption of healthier foods such as  nuts and seeds, milk and whole grains was on average too low, and people consumed too many sugary drinks and too much processed meat and salt.

This lead to one in five deaths in 2017 being linked to bad diets.

The Global Burden of Disease study tracked trends from 1990 to 2017 of consumption of 15 dietary  factors.

Chris Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington which led the work, said it ''affirms what many have thought for several years.''

''Poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world,'' he said.

''Our assessment suggests the leading dietary risk factors are high intake of sodium, or low intake of healthy foods, such as whole grain, fruit, nuts and seeds and vegetables.'' [Agencies].


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