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January 19, 2005

Correction: Actual Causes of Death in the United States, 2000

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2005;293(3):293-294. doi:10.1001/jama.293.3.293

To the Editor: In March 2004, we published an article1 that showed that a large proportion of deaths each year in the United States result from modifiable lifestyle-related behaviors. We are writing to inform the JAMA readership that through an error in our computations, we overestimated the number of deaths caused by poor diet and physical inactivity. Our principal conclusions, however, remain unchanged: tobacco use and poor diet and physical inactivity contributed to the largest number of deaths, and the number of deaths related to poor diet and physical inactivity is increasing.

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