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The burden of food related ill health in the UK.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16286493     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To quantify the burden of ill health in the UK that can be attributed to food (the burden of food related ill health). DESIGN: Review and further analysis of the results of work concerned with estimates of the burden of disease measured as morbidity, mortality, and in financial terms and with the proportion of that burden that can be attributed to food. MAIN RESULTS: Food related ill health is responsible for about 10% of morbidity and mortality in the UK and costs the NHS about 6 billion pounds annually. CONCLUSIONS: The burden of food related ill health measured in terms of mortality and morbidity is similar to that attributable to smoking. The cost to the NHS is twice the amount attributable to car, train, and other accidents, and more than twice that attributable to smoking. The vast majority of the burden is attributable to unhealthy diets rather than to food borne diseases.
Authors:
Mike Rayner; Peter Scarborough
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of epidemiology and community health     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0143-005X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-11-15     Completed Date:  2006-05-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909766     Medline TA:  J Epidemiol Community Health     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1054-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
British Heart Foundation Health Promotion Research Group, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, OX3 7LF, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Cause of Death
Cost of Illness*
Food / adverse effects*
Great Britain / epidemiology
Health Care Costs
Health Status Indicators*
Humans
Morbidity
State Medicine / economics*
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