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Sick SocietiesResponding to the global challenge of chronic disease$
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David Stuckler and Karen Siegel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199574407

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574407.001.0001

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Evaluating the health burden of chronic diseases

Evaluating the health burden of chronic diseases

What is the current and future impact of chronic diseases on health?

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Evaluating the health burden of chronic diseases
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Sick Societies
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David Stuckler

Sanjay Basu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199574407.003.0009

Chronic diseases are long-term conditions. They are typically not caused by a single infection, but by exposure to multiple, often human-produced hazards. This chapter sets out the four leading contemporary killers of the human race — heart disease, common cancers, respiratory disease, and diabetes — and their main behavioural risk factors — tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and alcohol. The chapter reveals a clear picture of a world where all people in all nations, rich and poor, and young and old, will be at risk, although the consequences will be the greatest among the youngest, poorest, and most vulnerable groups.

Keywords:   heart disease, common cancers, respiratory disease, diabetes, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, alcohol

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