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Obesity More Problematic than Hunger Crisis Worldwide

Update Date: Dec 16, 2012 03:46 PM EST
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When researchers compared brain scans, they found that men with the high risk obesity gene experienced more pleasure looking at an image of a high calorie food. (Photo : Flickr)

According to new report published by British Medical Journal The Lancet, obesity is causing more health problems than hunger worldwide. 

Almost 500 researchers from 50 countries compared data from 1990 to 2010 for the Global Burden of Disease report showing that big shift in worldwide trends in health.

Study indicates now people live longer globally through eradication of infectious disease. On the other hand, there are increase in chronic disease.

Malnutrition now causes less death and morbidity, but worldwide over eating now accounts for three million deaths. In fact, individuals are three times more likely to die from obesity than starvation. Just 20 years ago, malnutrition caused more death over obesity.

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Researchers found out 50 specific illnesses caused 78 percent of the world's health problems with 50 per cent started by 18 conditions. Heart disease and stroke was the two leading causes of death. Diabetes, lung cancer and chronic lung disease took over and replaced diarrhea, lower respiratory infections and tuberculosis; though, the three infectious diseases still stays in the top ten causes. AIDS jumped significantly from the 35th cause of death in 1990 to the sixth leading cause now.

These trend in the burden of disease shows siginficant ramifications for health organizations in all countries to chance their medical agendas and challenges they face.

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