Poor Dietary Habits Kill More People Than Smoking

| 7/23/2013 3:00:00 PM

Unhealthy dieting accounts for approximately 678,282 deaths.Reposted with permission from Food Safety News.

More exercise is not cutting into the nation’s high obesity levels, and unwise diets are killing more people than about anything else — including smoking, drinking and drug use. Those are among the findings of a new study by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

The independent research center rolled out its findings last week at a “Let’s Move” event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama. The report, with its interactive county-by-county assessments of life expectancy, physical activity, obesity and blood pressure, continues to attract attention.

In the study, the IHME identified the top ten risk factors for health loss in 2010 and the number of deaths attributable to each one. Here are the death totals by risk:

Diets 678,282
Smoking 465,651
High Blood Pressure 442,656
High Body Mass Index 363,991
Physical Inactivity 234,022
High Blood Sugar 213,669
High Total Cholesterol 158,431
Ambient Air Pollution 103,027
Alcohol Use 88,587
Drug Use 25,430

“If the U.S. can make progress with dietary factors, physical activity, and obesity, it will see massive reductions in death and disability,” says Ali Mokdad, who heads the county health performance team at IHME. “Unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity in the U.S. cause more health loss than alcohol or drug use.”

7/29/2013 10:37:12 PM

However, high blood pressure and high blood sugar and high BMI are linked to lack of activity.  I wished they would look at total lifestyle rather than bits and pieces.  It's easier to exercise when you have a healthy diet, but if you have a healthy diet but sit on your butt all day long you will not be all that healthy

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