More—But Less Healthy—Years

People are living longer, but with more disease overall, according to the 2016 Global Burden of Disease study published today in The Lancet.
“The most comprehensive worldwide observational epidemiological study to date” tracks trends in mortality and morbidity from major diseases, injuries and risk factors, from 1990 to the present. Lessons should be learned from Ethiopia, the Maldives, Nepal, Niger, Peru and Portugal—all of which surpassed expected life expectancy—the editors write.
The report lists heart disease, tobacco, conflict and violence among the biggest killers in 2016, Reuters reports. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, which led the study, said it points to a "triad of troubles"—obesity, conflict and mental illness—emerging as a “stubborn and persistent barrier to active and vigorous lifestyles.”

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