Unhealthy lifestyles to kill 52 million yearly by 2030

Physical Activity for Health

By 2030 non-communicable diseases or NCDs are expected to kill 52 million people a year according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Many NCD's are caused by unhealthy lifestyles such as poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking.

At a weeklong conference kicking off at the UN, John Seffrin, the CEO of the American Cancer Society called NCDs the 21st century's greatest health challenge.

He says no health problem in the history of the world has ever gone so hidden, misunderstood and under-recorded.

"Why is it politically acceptable for children to be obese when it is not politically acceptable for children to be hungry and malnourished. Why is it politically acceptable for a woman to die an avoidable death of cervical cancer, but politically acceptable for a woman to die of HIV/AIDS obviously both should be unacceptable. It is time for this to change it is time to break the stigma and for us to communicate about non-communicable diseases."

Seffrin says while NCDs affect the most affluent nations and people in the world, more than 80% of global NCD deaths occur in low and middle income countries.

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