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Sixty seconds on . . . bad diets

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 08 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1649
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

More deadly than smoking?

Apparently. According to last week’s newspaper headlines, unhealthy diets are responsible for one in five deaths around the world, more even than tobacco. They were reporting results from the Global Burden of Disease Study, published in the Lancet,1 showing that “suboptimal” diets were responsible for around 11 million deaths in 2017. High intake of sodium and low consumption of whole grains and fruit were the main …

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