Diets Haven't Improved Much Worldwide; U.S. Near Bottom of List

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By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Despite everything radical person learned astir bully nutrition, folks astir the satellite aren't eating overmuch healthier than they were 3 decades ago, a caller planetary reappraisal has concluded.

Diets are inactive person to a mediocre people of zero -- with loads of sugar and processed meats -- than they are to a people of 100 representing tons of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains, Tufts University researchers report.

"Intake of legumes/nuts and non-starchy vegetables accrued implicit time, but wide improvements successful dietary prime were offset by accrued intake of unhealthy components specified arsenic red/processed meat, sugar-sweetened beverages and sodium," said pb writer Victoria Miller. She's a postdoctoral student astatine Tufts' Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy successful Boston.

For the study, researchers measured eating patterns among adults and children crossed 185 countries, based connected information gathered from much than 1,100 fare surveys.

The world's wide dietary people is astir 40.3, representing a tiny but meaningful 1.5-point summation betwixt 1990 and 2018, researchers found.

But scores varied wide betwixt regions, with averages ranging arsenic debased astatine 30.3 successful Latin America and the Caribbean to arsenic precocious arsenic 45.7 successful South Asia.

Only 10 countries, representing little than 1% of the world's population, had fare scores implicit 50.

Nations with the highest fare scores included Vietnam, Iran, Indonesia and India, portion the lowest scoring countries included Brazil, Mexico, the United States and Egypt.

Women were much apt to devour healthier than men, researchers found, and older radical much truthful than younger adults.

"Healthy eating was besides influenced by socioeconomic factors, including acquisition level and urbanicity," Miller said successful a assemblage quality release. "Globally and successful astir regions, much educated adults and children with much educated parents mostly had higher wide dietary quality."

Poor diets are liable for much than a 4th of each preventable deaths worldwide, the researchers said successful inheritance notes.

Countries tin usage this information to usher policies that beforehand healthy eating, said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and dean for argumentation astatine the Friedman School.


"We recovered that some excessively fewer steadfast foods and excessively galore unhealthy foods were contributing to planetary challenges successful achieving recommended dietary quality," helium said successful the release. "This suggests that policies that incentivize and reward much steadfast foods, specified arsenic successful wellness care, leader wellness programs, authorities nutrition programs, and cultivation policies, whitethorn person a important interaction connected improving nutrition successful the United States and astir the world."

The findings were published Sept. 19 successful the diary Nature Food.

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The World Health Organization has much astir a steadfast diet.

SOURCE: Tufts University, quality release, Sept. 19, 2022