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Jakarta Post

Ban the promotion, not the production

  • Irma Hidayana
    Irma Hidayana

    PhD candidate at Health Education and Behavior Studies Department, Columbia University

New York City   /   Wed, October 31, 2018   /  09:06 am
Ban the promotion, not the production Nearly three quarters of all deaths in 2016 were caused by non-communicable diseases, with heart disease related to restricted blood flow -- 9.5 million deaths -- the single biggest killer of all. (Shutterstock/File)

Last month during a United Nations high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in New York, world leaders agreed to strengthen global and national responses to treat, prevent and control the diseases, including through regulating promotion of unhealthy products. 

NCDs are the leading cause of death worldwide, including in Indonesia. These diseases are not caused by infectious agents; they are also chronic and progress slowly. According to the World Health Organization, NCDs including cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, cancers, obesity, hypertension and diabetes currently account for the deaths of 41 million people worldwide, or 71 percent of the world’s total deaths. 

Indonesia has a similarly high number — NCDs are estimated to be responsible for 73 percent of all deaths nationally. Our most “deadly” NCDs a...

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