The risk of premature deaths in China is worrying with millions dying every year from pollution, smoking, accidents and other lifestyle factors. - Filepic
While making great strides in healthcare, China is suffering from the by-products of prosperity - high premature deaths from pollution and other lifestyle factors, researchers say.
Air pollution, smoking, obesity and accidents, especially on the road, kill at least 4.7 million Chinese a year and cost the country tens of billions of dollars, researchers say.
In an overview published in The Lancet, they said China had in some respects made great strides in health, boosting the average lifespan from 40 years in 1950 to 76 years in 2011 and rolling back many infectious diseases. On the other hand, the risk of premature death and sickness from pollution, smoking, road crashes and lifestyle ailments is worse than before.