New Study Reveals Overeating Larger Problem Than Malnourishment
For the first time in history, a study shows that the number of years of healthy living lost because of eating too much is higher than the number of years lost by people who do not eat enough food, according to NewScientist. Over 500 scientists in 50 countries contributed to The Global Burden of Disease report. “The Global Burden of Disease 2010 is the most comprehensive assessment of human health in the history of medicine,” Richard Horton said. Horton is the editor of The Lancet, in which the report will be published. “It provides insights into human health that are comparable in scope and depth to the sequencing of the human genome.”
Data analyzed disease and causes of death worldwide in 2010 and compared the data to what was collected in 1990 so trends could be determined. This is the first time that being overweight is a bigger problem than a lack of nutrition on a worldwide basis. The leading cuase of disease burden in 1990 was under-nutrition.