'Lifestyle' diseases kill 16m people prematurely

Diseases linked to lifestyle choices kill 16 million people prematurely each year, the World Health Organisation says.

The "lifestyle disease epidemic causes a much greater public health threat than any other, says Shanthi Mendis, the lead author of WHO's Chronic Diseases Prevention and Management report.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, lung disease and a range of cancers, killed a full 38 million people around the globe in 2012 - 16 million of them under the age of