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Addressing noncommunicable disease risk factors among young people. Asia’s Window of Opportunity to Curb a Growing Epidemic

Authors/ source/ publisher
Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
Date added to library 26 May 2016
Year published
2016
Abstract
Asia has an opportunity to curb a rising noncommunicable disease (NCD) epidemic by addressing NCD risk factors among young people, according to a new set of PRB publications. 
 
NCDs are the leading causes of death globally and in most countries in Asia, and are among the top public health challenges of the 21st century. Premature deaths due to NCDs occur at the highest rates in low- and middle-income countries, where 95 percent of Asia’s population lives. This strong impact on individuals who are typically at their peak economic productivity means that NCDs pose a significant threat not only to the health of populations, but also to economic growth and sustainable development in the region.