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Guess what it is?

  1. Jul 29, 2013 #1
    Can you guess what's the cause of most of the preventable deaths around the world?
     
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  3. Jul 29, 2013 #2

    Pythagorean

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    smoking?
     
  4. Jul 29, 2013 #3

    phinds

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    Don't need to guess. Looked it us with Google in 3 seconds.
     
  5. Jul 29, 2013 #4

    phinds

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    Close. That's #2
     
  6. Jul 29, 2013 #5
    Wiki says worldwide, it's hypertension.

    What's interesting to me is that in the U.S. this study says it's obesity:

    http://www.examiner.com/article/res...is-now-leading-cause-of-preventable-death-u-s

    Worldwide, obesity is way down on the list.

    Also, from the above link,
    There's an implication that people who quit smoking turned to food.
     
  7. Jul 29, 2013 #6

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    I find it incredibly depressing that malnutrition and obesity are both in the top ten.
     
  8. Jul 29, 2013 #7
    Yes, but note that the majority of people worldwide end up dying from non-preventable old age:

     
  9. Jul 29, 2013 #8

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    I know, it's just the stupidity of a world where some people die from lack of food whilst others die from too much food.
     
  10. Jul 29, 2013 #9
    I must agree.
     
  11. Jul 29, 2013 #10

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