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.

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.