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Jul 17

Some health facts

  • Chronic disease is responsible for 60% of all deaths worldwide
  • 80% of chronic disease deaths occur in low and middle income countries
  • Almost half of chronic disease deaths occur in people under the age of 70
  • Around the world,chronic disease affects women and men almost equally
  • The major risk factors for chronic disease are an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use
  • Without action, 17 million people will die prematurely this year from a chronic disease
  • One billion adults are overweight – without action, this figure will surpass 1.5 billion by 2015
  • 22 million children under five years old are overweight
  • Tobacco use causes at least five million deaths each year
  • If the major risk factors for chronic disease were eliminated, at least 80% of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes would be prevented; and 40% of cancer would be prevented

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