[QODLink]
Europe

Obesity kills more people than hunger

Childhood malnutrition was the number one risk factor for early death in 1990, but now it ranks behind obesity.
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2012 02:14

Obesity and diseases linked to it are now killing more people than hunger, according to findings of a major global health study by the Lancet magazine, based in the UK.

It found that the average lifespan for women is highest in Japan - at 86 - and lowest in Haiti at 44.

Men in Iceland live to 80 on average, but in Haiti the figure is just 33.

Heart attacks and strokes are still the biggest killers - accounting for one in four deaths worldwide.

Alcohol abuse is on the rise - killing a record number of people, particularly young men in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

The report labels Latin America "the homicide belt" as a rising number of men are being killed by violence.

In developed countries in Asia, suicide has become a leading cause of death.

And whereas childhood malnutrition was the number one risk factor for early death in 1990, it is now down to eighth place - behind obesity.

Al Jazeera's Jessica Baldwin reports from London.

170

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
The author argues that in the new economy, it's people, not skills or majors, that have lost value.
Colleagues of detained Al Jazeera journalists press demands for their release, 100 days after their arrest in Egypt.
Mehdi Hasan discusses online freedoms and the potential of the web with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales.
A tight race seems likely as 814 million voters elect leaders in world's largest democracy next week.
Featured
Deadly attacks on anti-mining activists in the Philippines part of a global trend, according to new report.
Activists say 'Honor Diaries' documentary exploits gender-based violence to further an anti-Islamic agenda.
As Syria's civil war escalates along the Turkish border, many in Turkey are questioning the country's involvement.
Treatment for autism in the region has progressed, but lack of awareness and support services remains a challenge.
The past isn't far away for a people exiled from Crimea by Russia and the decades it took to get home.
join our mailing list