Last week, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released the findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. One of the major findings: “Globally, health advances present most people with a devastating irony: avoid premature death but live longer and sicker.”
From the news release:
The study reveals massive shifts in health trends around the world since 1990, the starting point of the first Global Burden of Disease study. Since that time, the world has grown considerably older. Where infectious disease and childhood illnesses related to malnutrition were once the primary causes of death, now children in many parts of the world – outside of sub-Saharan Africa – are more likely to live into an unhealthy adulthood and suffer from eating too much food rather than too little. Lastly, health burden is increasingly defined by what’s making us sick rather than what’s killing us.
Read the full release here.