Communicating NCDs to a mass audience - myths and facts Myth: Fact:

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UCL PUBLIC POLICY
Catherine Stevenson
UCL Science and Technology Studies
Sarah Chaytor
Head of Public Policy
Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
[email protected]
Communicating NCDs to a mass audience myths and facts
Myth: NCDs are the diseases of tomorrow
Fact: NCDs currently result in 63% of global deaths –
they are already a major health issue.
Myth: Only affects high income countries
Fact: More than 80% of disease occurs in the world’s
poorest and most marginalised communities.
Myth: They are diseases of ageing
Fact: Now seeing early onset diabetes related to genetic
factors
Myth: They are diseases of laziness
Fact: Linked to social determinants of health such as
education, employment, urban planning
UCL PUBLIC POLICY
Catherine Stevenson
UCL Science and Technology Studies
Sarah Chaytor
Head of Public Policy
Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research)
[email protected]
Communicating NCDs to a mass audience myths and facts
Myth: NCDs are the diseases of tomorrow
Fact: NCDs currently result in 63% of global deaths –
they are already a major health issue.
Myth: Only affects high income countries
Fact: More than 80% of disease occurs in the world’s
poorest and most marginalised communities.
Myth: They are diseases of ageing
Fact: Now seeing early onset diabetes related to genetic
factors
Myth: They are diseases of laziness
Fact: Linked to social determinants of health such as
education, employment, urban planning
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