What is Chronic Disease?
Chronic Disease is a long-lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. Chronic illness affects the population worldwide. As described by the Centers for Disease Control, chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. It accounts for 70% of all deaths in the U.S., which is 1.7 million each year.
Chronic Diseases: The Leading Causes of Death and Disability in the United States
Chronic diseases and conditions—such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis—are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.
Health risk behaviors are unhealthy behaviors you can change. Four of these health risk behaviors—lack of exercise or physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and drinking too much alcohol—cause much of the illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases and conditions.
The Role of Nutrition in Chronic Disease
Joint WHO/FAO Expert Constultation on Diet, Nutrition and the Prevention of
Chronic Diseases (2002 : Geneva, Switzerland)
Diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases: report of a joint WHO/FAO
expert consultation, Geneva, 28 January 1 February 2002.