Poor diet now killing more than smoking

In a new analysis, researchers have estimated that 11 million deaths around the world were related to poor diet.

They found eating a diet high in salt, but low in fruit, wholegrains, nuts and seeds, was associated with more than half of the deaths. Researchers used national food frequency questionnaires and food sales data to estimate consumption of 15 different aspects of diet, such as vegetables and red or processed meat, for each country. They then used data from observational studies to assess the impact of these diets on cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and risk of death.