Release of the 2017 World Health Statistics report

The World Health Organisation released on May 17th its 2017 World Health Statistics report. It draws an overview of the key health-related figures of the 194 member countries with a focus on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), meant to be reached by 2030.

The SDG target 3.4 (“By 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health and well-being”) deals with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), to which obesity is a risk factor. In 2015, an estimated 40 million deaths occurred due to NCDs, accounting for 70% of the overall total of 56 million deaths. Statistics also show that the probability of dying from diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease between ages 30 and 70 is 19%. Even though it decreased by 17% since 2000, the total number of deaths from NCDs still increases due to population growth and ageing.

The majority of such deaths were caused by the four main NCDs, namely: cardiovascular disease, 17.7 million deaths (accounting for 45% of all NCD deaths); cancer, 8.8 million deaths (22%); chronic respiratory disease, 3.9 million deaths (10%); and diabetes, 1.6 million deaths (4%)

The WHO report also draws recommendations for action. It calls for the creation of health-promoting physical, economic and social environments, citing workplaces as one of the targets. The FOOD programme therefore contributes to the fulfillment of the SDGs targets related to health by its actions of promotion of healthy eating habits on the workplace.

To read the full 2017 report, click here.

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