Simple measures could increase life expectancy by 5-10 years

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:985
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Simple, cost effective public health measures could lengthen the average human life span by five to 10 years, according to the latest World Health Report, the World Health Organization's annual review of global health. The 2002 report quantifies the leading threats to health by geographical region and recommends measures to cut preventable risks.

    Overall the top 10 risk factors—accounting for about 40% of the 56 million deaths in the world each year—are underweight in children and mothers; …

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