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Source: University of Washington (Visualization)
Published: November 2019

Deaths By Risk Factor

Circulated: December 2, 2019

The researchers examined the total annual number of deaths by risk factor, measured across all age groups and both sexes. The objective of the study is better understand the changing health challenges being faced by people across the world.

Rank Risk Factor Number of Deaths (Annual, in millions)
1 High blood pressure 10.4
2 Smoking 7.1
3 High blood sugar 6.5
4 Air pollution (outdoor & indoor) 4.9
5 Obesity 4.7
6 Alcohol use 2.8
7 Diet low in fruits 2.4
8 Diet low in vegetables 1.5
9 Low physical activity 1.3
10 Unsafe water source 1.2

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