Fake Nourishment

Posted: April 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

About 11 million deaths a year are linked to poor diet around the globe.

What’s driving this? As a planet we don’t eat enough healthy foods including whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. At the same time, we consume too many sugary drinks, too much salt and too much processed meat.

As part of a new study published in The Lancet, researchers analyzed the diets of people in 195 countries using survey data, as well as sales data and household expenditure data. Then they estimated the impact of poor diets on the risk of death from diseases including heart disease, certain cancers and diabetes. (They also calculated the number of deaths related to other risk factors, such as smoking and drug use, at the global level.)

“This study shows that poor diet is the leading risk factor for deaths in the majority of the countries of the world,” says study author Ashkan Afshin of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. Unhealthy diets are “a larger determinant of ill health than either tobacco or high blood pressure,” he says.

  1. Kenzie Crowley says:

    Sometimes people are quick to condem other’s bad habits such as smoking or drinking to name a few common ones, but then those who judge quickly eat out for every meal and don’t know how to cook anything that isn’t from a box. Those are just as harmful to someones body as an addictive substance. Anything that isn’t found in the natural environment is processed and as soon as it is processed it looses all of the nourishment that is so beneficial to our bodies. It is interesting to read the statistics and understand how harmful processed foods are. I’m not saying we should eliminate them completely because I enjoy sugary foods just as much as the next person, but we have to be more mindful of what is fueling our bodies. We only get one body, but we ingest so many things all of the time. It is important to take care of our bodies because processed foods cause much more damage than we are all aware of. I believe that bad diets are responsible for more deaths than smoking. Everyone eats poorly at some point, but not everyone picks up smoking in their lifetime.

  2. Parker Law says:

    I agree. I think the media is a main cause of this. Everybody is told constantly how bad smoking and other habits of the same nature are. It is very difficult to go onto a news website and not see something regarding smoking, drinking, etc. Cigarette companies like Altria constantly receive heavy criticism. This criticism is definitely deserved because cigarettes have been shown to be extremely dangerous and harmful, but fast food and sugary product companies rarely receive the same kind of criticism. Because they don’t get this public criticism, people do not see how bad they are for the human body. Health-wise, people should be giving the same amount of criticism to McDonalds and KoolAid as they are to Marlboro or Juul.

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