Why are poverty and NCDs linked so closely?

The Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and economics

Why are poverty and NCDs linked so closely? The Lancet Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) disproportionately affect people with weak economic status and often drive them into financial disaster. The Lancet Taskforce on NCDs points out how poverty and financial and social inequality promote the emergence of noncommunicable diseases and, conversely, noncommunicable diseases drive people to ruin and affect the economic development of whole states. Necessary progress in nine of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals could reduce premature mortality from NCDs by a third by 2030 according to the Lancet Taskforce. (Photo: Engineering for Change/flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

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