Eleven million deaths per year are based on destructive dietary habits, on a global scale. The Global Burden of Disease ran a report, published in The Lancet, collecting data of “distribution of intake for 15 foods and nutrients among adults aged 25 years or older across 195 countries, estimated the effect of each individual dietary factor on NCD mortality, and quantified the overall impact of poor dietary habits on NCD mortality.”
Their aim was to determine how much diet creates disease which leads to death, and to attempt to “characterize the relationship between diet and development and evaluates the trends in the burden of disease attributable to diet from 1990 to 2017.”
The main issues found were low intake of whole grains and fruits, and a high sodium intake. Based on their Mediterranean dietary customs, Israel had the lowest rate of death based on dietary consumption, beating out other countries Italy and Greece who share a similar cuisine. Making the cut high above countries like United States and England, which likely has major issues based on their overall bad diet habits such as high sodium intake, processed meat, and sugary drinks are proving to cause diseases which can be fatal.
In an evidence-based approach, the report informs how crucial dietary impact is on societal health, and aims to inspire more structured dietary guidelines to support human health.