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Mental disorders such as depression are among the 20 leading causes of disability worldwide. Depression affects around 350 million people worldwide and this number is projected to increase.
In the UK, The cost of services for anxiety disorders for the whole of England in 2007 was approximately 1.2 billion. Including lost employment costs brings the total to £8.9 billion. By 2026 it is projected that service costs for anxiety disorders will be £2 billion with total costs at £14.2 billion. The office for National Statistics estimates that 44 adults in 1,000 are affected. People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalised for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
Studies have shown that the prevalence of anxiety is high at approximately 70% to 80% among patients who have experienced an acute cardiac event. A meta-analysis (a combination of many similar studies) looked at 249,846 people and the association of anxiety with the incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD) in initially healthy people, using data from the US, Europe, and Asia. They determined that anxious people had around a 25% greater risk of CHD and an almost 50% higher risk of cardiac death over a mean follow-up period of 11.2 years. The study factored in all other risk factors and health conditions and still found that anxiety caused these results.
Under-nutrition is the underlying cause of death for at least one-third of all children under age five. Inadequate breastfeeding, inappropriate food and a lack of access to highly nutritious foods contribute to the problem. Common childhood diseases affect a child's ability to eat or absorb the necessary nutrients from food.
People with diabetes are 48% more likely to suffer a heart attack than the general population. People with diabetes were 65% more likely to have heart failure, 144% more at risk of needing kidney dialysis or a kidney transplant, 210% more likely to have a leg amputated above or below the knee , 331% more likely to need part of a foot removed and 25% more at risk of suffering a stroke.
The number of obese patients who need hospital treatment has soared from 1,800 to nearly 9,000 in just five years. Between 2006 and 2007, the NHS in England conducted 1,800 bariatric procedures, where the patient's primary diagnosis was obesity, and this figure soared to 8,600 last year. 25 percent of boys and 33 percent of girls aged between two and 19 years are overweight or obese.
There are 800,000 people in the UK with a form of dementia in 2012. There are over 17,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK in 2012. One in 14 people over 65 years of age and one in six people over 80 years of age has a form of dementia.
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading causes of death in the world. Cardiovascular diseases are diseases of the heart and blood vessels that can cause heart attacks and stroke. At least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular heart disease and strokes could be prevented through a healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoiding the use of tobacco.