Heart Diseases, Cancer, Obesity: Is Our Lifestyle Killing Us?

A new report from the Centre for Science and Environment shows that lifestyle diseases or non-communicable diseases are responsible for more than 61 per cent of all deaths in India. Whether it is heart diseases, respiratory illnesses, cancer, obesity or food allergies, new research reveals that the rise in their incidences is due to factors such as rapid urbanisation, air pollution and changes in diet rather than in our genes. The new report called Body Burden: Lifestyle Diseases is essentially a report card on the state of health in India.