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From the World Health Organization
October 23/30, 2002

Reducing Risks to Health, Promoting Healthy Life

JAMA. 2002;288(16):1974. doi:10.1001/jama.288.16.1974

The world is living dangerously, either because it has too little choice or because it is making the wrong choices. On one side are more than a billion people who are dangerously short of the food, water, and security they need to live. Developing countries still face a high and highly concentrated burden from poverty, undernutrition, unsafe sex, unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene, iron deficiency, and indoor smoke from solid fuels. On the opposite side of the spectrum lies overconsumption with its risks of hypertension, high cholesterol levels, tobacco use and alcohol abuse, and obesity.