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Air pollution, diet, and obesity pose growing threats to health in India, analysis finds

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 14 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5284
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Non-communicable diseases now account for six in every 10 deaths in India, with air pollution, diet, and obesity posing growing threats to health, an analysis has found.1

Nearly one in five (18%) of the world’s population lives in India, but until now there has been limited information on the disease burden and risk factors in different states. The first comprehensive analysis of health across all 29 states has revealed major inequalities.

The new study estimated the incidence, prevalence, deaths, and disability adjusted life years (DALYs) associated with 333 disease conditions and 84 risk factors. It uses all available data for each state of India from 1990 to 2016 as part of the Global Burden Disease Study …

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