Junk Food Really is Killing Us

20% of Global Deaths are the Result of Poor Diet

That’s according to a new study conducted at the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) at the University of Washington, and published in The Lancet Medical Journal. In the same league of genocide as the tobacco industry, junk food really is killing us. In an article published in The Guardian entitled Poor diet is a factor in one in five deaths, global disease study reveals, we read about how poor diet contributes to one in five deaths around the world, according to the IHME study.

The institute was launched and funded by the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2007, according to the Seattle Times article entitled Gates grant for health institute is UW’s largest, “with a $105 million grant to launch an institute at the University of Washington that experts say will strengthen Seattle’s growing reputation in global health research.”

The study’s focus is “Monitoring levels and trends in premature mortality”, which it says is “crucial to understanding how societies can address prominent sources of early death.” It found that people are living longer with a worldwide life expectancy in 2016 for men of 69,8 and for women of 75.3 years.

Poor diet, high systolic blood pressure, and smoking are top risk factors for deaths around the world

In a news article published by the  IMHE entitled Avoidable risk factors take an increasing toll on health worldwide, their case is made clear:

Poor diet, high systolic blood pressure, and smoking are top risk factors for deaths around the world; undernutrition remains leading risk factor for children under 5.

While high blood pressure remains the highest cause of global deaths, it is astounding that the “greatest cumulative impact on health comes from poor diet. A combination of 14 dietary risk factors contribute to the highest number of deaths worldwide through ailments like ischemic heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. In 2013, 21% of total global deaths were attributed to these risks, which include diets low in fruit, whole grains, and vegetables, and diets high in red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages.”

On the bright side, “There’s great potential to improve health by avoiding certain risks like smoking and poor diet as well as tackling environmental risks like air pollution,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray. “The challenge for policymakers will be to use what we know to guide prevention efforts and health policies.”