Lifestyle disease

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Diseases of affluence
Burden of diet-related diseases

Human activities strongly influence a population's states of health and disease. For example, an energy-rich food supply combined with a plethora of energy saving devices, from cars to TV lounges, appears to be responsible for much of the increase in obesity which affluent societies have experienced in the past half century.


According to the World Health Organization 70 to 80% of all deaths in the industrialized world and 40 to 50% in developing countries are so-called "affluent society" diseases, attributable to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke or lung cancer. These diseases are caused by unhealthy diet, lack of exercise and smoking.

Health inequalities
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
14.12.2020 – 00:16 CET