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The Leading Cause of Death

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More than 60% of all global deaths are due to chronic diseases and conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers, with poor diet considered a major contributory factor in all of them (9). Global health authorities concur that the leading cause of death worldwide is also diet, even beating out smoking (10).

The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBDS), the largest study of risk factors for disease in history, concluded that the number one cause of premature death in the United States, and the number-one cause of disability, is the standard American diet (11).

Also known as the standard Western diet, this pattern of eating is generally characterized by high intakes of meat, dairy products, eggs, fried foods, refined grains, and refined sugars, with low intakes of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.

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