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.
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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.