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Young people in Asia carry high risk for non-communicable diseases, finds report

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 01 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4239
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. Kolkata

Tackling four major risk factors among young people—tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet—can substantially reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Asia, a report by the Population Reference Bureau, a public policy think tank based in Washington, DC, has found.1

The report noted that more than half (54%) of the global deaths due to NCDs occurred in Asia, stating, “This region includes 28 countries and territories across East, Southeast, and South Asia. In almost half of these countries, NCDs make up three-quarters of deaths, and in most other countries in the region, NCDs account for at least …

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