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Poor diet choices linked to millions of deaths

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Studies show poor diets are leading to deaths. (KTEN) Studies show poor diets are leading to deaths. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- We are what we eat, and some researchers say that's what's killing us.

Poor diet is associated with 1 in 5 deaths worldwide. That's equivalent to 11 million deaths per year, making unhealthy eating responsible for more deaths than tobacco and high blood pressure.

The numbers, from a study by the University of Washington, say the primary risk factors include consuming too much red meat, processed meat, trans fat and sugary drinks.

"I can't stress that enough to people," said Colton Cathey of Total Nutrition of Sherman. "Really be aware, food conscious. Be aware of what you're eating; don't be afraid to question it. Look at nutrition labels. There's a ton of resources online that help with reading nutrition facts, because not a lot of people know how to do that."

Failing to consume enough whole grains is also a leading risk in many countries, including the U.S.

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