Variation in the prevalence of risk factors can account for differences in health outcomes. The US Burden of Disease Collaborators analyzed published studies and data sources by age, sex, geography, and year and found that differences in health outcomes were attributable to substance use disorders, high body mass index, diet, and high fasting plasma glucose. In an Editorial, Koh and Parekh suggest that greater investment in public health and social programs could yield healthier behaviors and more supportive environments.
Highlights. JAMA. 2018;319(14):1415–1417. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.12317
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