World Health Statistics 2012 Released Today

by Elizabeth Snouffer on 05/17/2012

Grave concerns about the health of the world

The World Health Statistics Report 2012 was released today with figures that substantiate the wide concern that non-communicable or chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure are dramatically increasing in both developed and developing nations across the globe.  Two thirds of all deaths worldwide are caused by non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

WHO’s World Health Statistics 2012 report includes data from 194 countries and includes the following:

  • One in three adults worldwide has raised/high blood pressure
  • One in 10 suffers from diabetes – global average prevalence of diabetes worldwide is 10%
  • Worldwide, obesity doubled between 1980 and 2008
  • 12 per cent of the world’s population are considered obese (1.5 billion people)
  • The Americas have the highest levels of obesity (26%)
  • South-East Asia has the lowest levels of obesity (3%)
  • Worldwide, women are more likely to be obese than men, making women more at risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers

Next week, the World Health Assembly will be held in Geneva to address the rise in the numbers of deaths from non-communicable diseases.

For access to the World Health Report, click here.

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