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Bad Diets Are Responsible For More Deaths Than Smoking

Why maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for longevity


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Food is every human’s basic need, and according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, it’s the most essential need for any human. While it’s inevitable to disregard the importance of food, it’s far more critical to have a healthy diet. Research has found that unhealthy diets are responsible for 11 million deaths globally every year, more than tobacco that is responsible for eight million deaths. Despite modernization in the current age, there are still obstacles to adopt healthy eating habits such as access and affordability, especially in third world countries.


Findings as such are a reminder that consuming the right type of food is crucial beyond just satisfying hunger, as healthy diets would improve general health. Over-consumption of snacks and sodas that contains high calories can lead to disease such as Type 2 diabetes – accounting to around 339,000 deaths annually. Kidney disease also accounts for nearly 665,000 deaths annually, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.


On the contrary, countries that adopt a type of diet similar to a Mediterranean diet, which consists of fruits, vegetables, and nuts have a lower number of diet-related deaths. It has been found that around 10 million diet-related deaths were from cardiovascular disease, which is closely associated with the type of diet. As a general rule, it’s essential to keep in mind that we become what we eat. Hence, adopting a healthy diet of utmost importance to ensure longevity and wellness.