World Population Living Longer but With More Disability
The health of most of the planetâ€™s population is rapidly coming to resemble that of the United States, where death in childhood is rare, too much food is a bigger problem than too little, and life is long and often darkened by disability. High blood pressure is now the leading â€œrisk factorâ€ for disease around the world. Alcohol use is third. Low-back pain now causes more disability than childbirth complications or anemia.
â€œWe are in transition to a world where disability is the dominant concern as opposed to premature death,â€ said Christopher J.L. Murray, who headed the Global Burden of Disease Study in The Lancet. â€œThe pace of change is such that we are ill prepared to deal with what the burden of disease is now in most places.â€