I've come across an amazing study published this month in The Lancet, Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017.

I've not had time to parse it, but a few results and thoughts come immediately to mind. The first is that, while we have pretty much eliminated starvation as a global health issue, the "findings show that suboptimal diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risks globally, including tobacco smoking". In this era of global obesity, people are dying at increasing rates because of poor choices made in what they eat.

I noted with interest that morbidity is now being quantified as well as mortality. Disability-adjusted life years (DALY) is the measure. The stunning results are that "high intake of sodium (3 million [1–5] deaths and 70 million [34–118] DALYs), low intake of whole grains (3 million [2–4] deaths and 82 million [59–109] DALYs), and low intake of fruits (2 million [1–4] deaths and 65 million [41–92] DALYs) were the leading dietary risk factors for deaths and DALYs globally and in many countries." Note that DALY is a life-year.

The world it killing itself on junk foods.