How Europe is eating itself to DEATH

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How Europe is eating itself to DEATH

How Europe is eating itself to DEATH.

How Europe is eating itself to DEATH: Map of the continent reveals millions of people are dying from heart disease caused by poor diets (so how does your country rank?).

  • Around 610,000 people died because of diet-related heart disease in 2016
  • The worst hit countries have nine times more deaths than those least affected
  • The UK ranks 42nd out of 51 countries for the rate of deaths related to food
  • Too much salt and white flour and not enough veg, nuts and grains are to blame

The countries in Europe where most people die because they eat too much salt and not enough vegetables have been named and shamed.

Unhealthy eating is deadliest in Uzbekistan, while Spain and Israel are at the bottom of the table.

Britain ranks 42nd, with 62 diet-related heart disease deaths per 100,000 people, according to the analysis of 51 nations.

Researchers analysed how many heart disease deaths could be attributed to a diet high in salt but low in vegetables, nuts and whole grains.

They estimate nearly half of the 4.3million deaths from the disease recorded across the continent in 2016 could be blamed on poor eating habits.

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The researchers produced a league table showing countries in Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia – as well as Germany – suffer the most premature deaths because of their diets, while the hearts of people in countries in central and northern Europe are less badly affected

Figures from the Global Burden of Disease Study showed 2.1million people in the region died because of heart disease caused by what they eat.

And in the worst-affected countries, nine times more people are dying because of their food than in countries which are least affected.

Western European nations manage to stay clear of the top half of the table, which is made up primarily of Asian and Eastern European countries.

Germany is the worst performing in Western Europe and the only one in the region to have more than 100,000 people die in 2016 because of their diet.

‘We must make better use of the potential of a balanced and healthy diet, otherwise [heart] diseases will be the cause of even more preventable deaths in the future,’ said study author Professor Stefan Lorkowski.

The findings, using data from between 1990 and 2016, reveal people have different dietary problems in different countries.

In Sweden and Norway, for example, not eating enough nuts and seeds is the habit most associated with heart disease, according to the scientists.

Whereas in much of central and eastern Europe, as well as the central Asian countries involved in the region, a lack of whole grains is most concerning.

‘To put it another way: increased consumption of low-fibre white flour products has led to an increase in [heart] disease in recent years,’ Professor Lorkowski added.

The research also looked at how people’s diet affects other risk factors for heart disease, including obesity, high blood pressure and lack of exercise, but didn’t include alcohol consumption.

The other countries in the top 10 are Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbeijan, Belarus, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.

While the eight making up the rest of the bottom 10 are Israel, France, Netherlands, Andorra, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway and Italy.

Researchers also revealed men’s diets are more damaging to their health than women’s.

Women’s diets only began to seriously damage their health beyond the age of 50, while men were affected when they were younger.

The study used the World Health Organization’s definition of the European region, which includes Russia and various countries in Central Asia.

The findings come after a major study this morning warned millions of people are at risk of an early death because they do not eat enough fibre.

A review commissioned by the WHO found that people who get plenty of fibre in their diet cut their risk of early mortality by up to a third.

They also cut their risk of a heart attack, stroke, type two diabetes or bowel cancer by up to a quarter.

Yet the vast majority of adults in Britain – around 91 per cent – eat less than the recommended daily amount. Similar figures exist in the US.

The findings are a blow for trendy low-carb diets, which have boomed in popularity in recent years and have also driven down fibre intake.

WHICH COUNTRIES IN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA HAVE THE DEADLIEST DIETS? RANKED BY FOOD-RELATED DEATHS PER 100,000 PEOPLE 
COUNTRY Annual number of deaths caused
by diet-related heart disease
Diet-related heart disease
deaths per 100,000 people
Uzbekistan 65,799 394
Turkmenistan 10,483 376
Kyrgyzstan 10,627 350
Ukraine 253,196 349
Moldova 14,746 328
Azerbaijan 22,418 319
Belarus 44,568 313
Tajikistan 9,932 310
Kazakhstan 39,632 306
Russia 598,759 291
Georgia 16,486 278
Bulgaria 35,298 260
Latvia 9,004 232
Lithuania 12,187 214
Romania 70,166 206
Slovakia 15,643 206
Armenia 7,686 204
Macedonia 4,948 197
Hungary 33,539 192
Montenegro 1,582 186
Albania 6,085 174
Croatia 14,208 170
Estonia 4,491 170
Serbia 23,971 168
Czech Republic 28,574 159
Bosnia and Herzegovina 9,081 153
Poland 94,291 150
Greece 25,785 100
Cyprus 1,195 88
Finland 10,029 87
Germany 164,639 87
Malta 644 87
Slovenia 3,646 86
Austria 15,186 83
Ireland 4,984 79
Sweden 16,164 77
Iceland 353 69
Turkey 44,298 67
Portugal 14,499 63
Luxembourg 568 62
United Kingdom 75,343 62
Italy 96,977 61
Norway 5,818 61
Switzerland 10,349 60
Belgium 13,608 59
Denmark 5,854 55
Andorra 94 54
Netherlands 16,301 52
France 66,801 46
Israel 4,486 43
Spain 44,617 43

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