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Air Pollution Kills 5.5 Million People Each Year

Posted by feww on February 13, 2016

Air pollution 4th greatest killer

More than 5.5 million people died prematurely due to air pollution in 2o13, the latest year for which data is available, according to data compiled as part of the Global Burden of Disease Project.

Air pollution is the fourth greatest cause of death globally after high blood pressure, nutrition conditions and smoking, says Global Burden of Disease Project.

Air pollution killed about 1.6 million people in China, and 1.3 million in India in 2013, said a report quoting the researchers.

The 10 leading causes of death in the world, 2000 and 2012 [WHO]

Ischaemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and chronic obstructive lung disease have remained the top major killers during the past decade.

HIV deaths decreased slightly from 1.7 million (3.2%) deaths in 2000 to 1.5 million (2.7%) deaths in 2012. Diarrhoea is no longer among the 5 leading causes of death, but is still among the top 10, killing 1.5 million people in 2012.

Chronic diseases cause increasing numbers of deaths worldwide. Lung cancers (along with trachea and bronchus cancers) caused 1.6 million (2.9%) deaths in 2012, up from 1.2 million (2.2%) deaths in 2000. Similarly, diabetes caused 1.5 million (2.7%) deaths in 2012, up from 1.0 million (2.0%) deaths in 2000.

10 leading causes of death


Major causes of death [2012]

In 2012, an estimated 56 million people died worldwide, according to WHO. [In July 2012, world population grew to 7.06 billion. —PRB]

  • Cardiovascular diseases were the number 1 cause of death globally, killing  17.5 million people in 2012. Of these, 7.4 million people died of ischaemic heart disease and 6.7 million from stroke.
  • Noncommunicable diseases were responsible for 68% of all deaths globally in 2012, up from 60% in 2000. The 4 main NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.
  • Communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutrition conditions collectively caused 23% of global deaths, and injuries killed 9%.
  • More than 6.6 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday.

Population Clock 2015 [PRB]

  • World Population: 7,336,435,000
  • Birth/yr: 145,973,000
  • Death/yr: 57,052,000
  • Natural increase/yr: 88,921,000 [Same as the combined pop. of Turkey and UAE]
  • Infant deaths/yr: 5,351,000

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U.S. Obesity Epidemic Exploding Like Wildfire

Posted by feww on July 8, 2011

How big is too gross?

U.S. obesity rates have climbed over the past year

In 1995, the obesity rate in the U.S. was below 15 percent.  Today, at least two out of three states, a total of 38 states, have obesity rates above 25 percent, and only one state has a rate slightly lower than 20 percent.

“Since 1995, when data was available for every state, obesity rates have doubled in seven states and increased by at least 90 percent in 10 others. Obesity rates have grown fastest in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Tennessee, and slowest in Washington, D.C., Colorado, and Connecticut.” Said a news release by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).

The following is a summary of points from a recent TFAH report on U.S. obesity:

  • Adult Obesity has increased in 16 states over the past year
  • Since 1995 rates have doubled or nearly doubled in 17 states
  • Twelve states now have obesity rates higher than 30 percent, where one in three people is obese. (Only one state was above 30 percent in 2007).
  • Obesity epidemic is exploding in the South, where nine of the 10 states with the highest adult obesity rates are located.
  • Mississippi tops the adult obesity rate table for the seventh year running with an obesity rate of 34.4 percent. (Colorado with an obesity rate of 19.8 percent is the only state below 20 percent mark, though nothing to write home about).
  • Obesity rates have exploded in Oklahoma, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Maps for Percent of Obese (BMI > 30) in U.S. Adults (T to B) 1985, 1995 and 2009.

Other bulging stats:

  • For the second year running, obesity rates have risen  in Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rhode Island and Texas.
  • For the third year running, more people in Florida, Kansas, Maine, Oklahoma and Vermont are getting fatter.
  • States with obesity rates above 30 percent include: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia.
  • Thirty-eight other states have obesity rates above 25 percent.

“Obesity has long been associated with other severe health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. New data in the report show how rates of both also have risen dramatically over the last two decades.”

  • Diabetes rates have doubled in 8 states since 1995. (In 1995, only 4  states had diabetes rates above 6 percent.  Today, 43 states have diabetes rates over 7 percent, and 32 have rates above 8 percent).
  • Hypertension rates in 37 states were over 20 percent, 20 years ago. Today, every state is over 20 percent, with 9 states over 30 percent.”

Childhood Obesity Epidemic. Image source: Obesity-net

The full report is posted on TFAH’s website at

From 2011 Disaster Calendar – June 27 entry

  • [June 27, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,724 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
    • Global Disasters. The number of adults with diabetes has doubled globally over the last 30 years to about 350 million. The U.S. has seen a threefold increase.  “Diabetes is a long-lasting and disabling condition, and it’s going to be the largest cost for many health systems,” said the lead author of a report published in the in the British journal Lancet.
      • Of the 347 million people with diabetes, 138 million live in China and India and another 36 million in the USA and Russia.
      • Among OECD countries, diabetes and glucose levels were highest in USA, Greenland, Malta, New Zealand and Spain.

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