The other pandemic

How many of our lifestyle habits are causing more harm than anything else


The WHO (World Health Organisation) reported about the “other pandemic” that has been a crisis for much longer than the coronavirus pandemic, since 2000 in fact.

Extracts from the WHO’s article

“Noncommunicable diseases now make up 7 of the world’s top 10 causes of death.”

“Heart disease now represents 16% of total deaths from all causes.”

“Deaths from diabetes increased by 70% globally between 2000 and 2019, with an 80% rise in deaths among males.”

What causes Non-Communicable Diseases?

“Tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from a NCD.”

“Children, adults and the elderly are all vulnerable to the risk factors contributing to NCDs, whether from unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, exposure to tobacco smoke or the harmful use of alcohol.”

“Unhealthy diets and a lack of physical activity may show up in people as raised blood pressure, increased blood glucose, elevated blood lipids and obesity.”

“1.6 million deaths annually can be attributed to insufficient physical activity.”

Statements taken from the W.H.O.

Non-Communicable Diseases and Covid19 mortality are linked

It’s the people with these conditions that suffered most from the coronavirus pandemic?

The Lancet - COVID-19: a new lens for non-communicable diseases

The BMJ - Twin epidemics of covid-19 and non-communicable disease

Pan American Health Organization - NCDs and COVID-19

BAME communities suffer from Non-Communicable Diseases and Covid19 more than others

Obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart diseases are highly prevalent in BAME communities.

Public Health England - Understanding the
impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

Royal College of General Practitioners - Raising the issue of overweight and obesity with the South Asian community

BMJ - Patterns of adiposity and obesity among South Asian and white European children: Child Heart and Health Study in England

The load of articles in the news

WHO - WHO reveals leading causes of death and disability worldwide: 2000-2019

The Guardian - Heart disease, cancer and diabetes among biggest killers of 2019, says WHO

The Telegraph - Heart disease and stroke killing people in greater numbers than ever, WHO data show

Mint - Heart diseases leading cause of deaths worldwide in 2019, diabetes follows close

ABC CBN News - 7 of top 10 killers pre-COVID era were non-communicable diseases: WHO

Malay Mail - Seven of top 10 killers pre-Covid were non-communicable diseases, says WHO

Hindustan Times - WHO: Heart disease now killing more people than ever before

Indian Express - Heart disease now killing more people than ever before: WHO

Dhaka Tribune - WHO: Heart disease leading cause of death globally for last 20 years

RFI - 7 of top 10 killers pre-Covid were non-communicable diseases: WHO

CTV News - 7 of top 10 killers pre-COVID-19 were non-communicable diseases: WHO

New Straits Times - WHO: 7 of top 10 killers pre-Covid were non-communicable diseases

GMA News Online - 7 of top 10 killers pre-COVID were non-communicable diseases - WHO

Vanguard - Non-communicable diseases killing more people than before — WHO

AXIOS - WHO: People are living longer, but chronic disease is killing more

Rappler - 7 of top 10 killers pre-COVID-19 were non-communicable diseases – WHO

RTE - 7 of top 10 killers pre-Covid were non-communicable diseases, says WHO

News18 - Non-communicable Diseases Accounted for 7 of Top 10 Causes of Death Before Covid-19 Pandemic: WHO

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