Con­flict and vi­o­lence not the big­gest killers

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Heart dis­ease and to­bacco ranked with con­flict and vi­o­lence among the world’s big­gest killers last year, while poor di­ets and men­tal dis­or­ders caused peo­ple the great­est ill health, ac­cord­ing to a large in­ter­na­tional study.

The Global Bur­den of Dis­ease study was un­der­taken by the In­sti­tute for Health Met­rics and Eval­u­a­tion at the Univer­sity of Wash­ing­ton and was pub­lished yes­ter­day in The Lancet med­i­cal jour­nal.

‘‘Death is a pow­er­ful mo­ti­va­tor, both for in­di­vid­u­als and for coun­tries, to ad­dress dis­eases that have been killing us at high rates. But we’ve been much less mo­ti­vated to ad­dress is­sues lead­ing to ill­nesses,’’ in­sti­tute di­rec­tor Christo­pher Mur­ray said.

He said a ‘‘triad of trou­bles ’’ — obe­sity, con­flict, and men­tal ill­ness

— is emerg­ing as a ‘‘stub­born and per­sis­tent bar­rier to ac­tive and vig­or­ous lifestyles’’.

The study, in­volv­ing more than 2500 re­searchers in about 130 coun­tries, found that in 2016, poor diet was as­so­ci­ated with nearly one in five deaths world­wide.

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