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Majid Ezzati

Tackling non-communicable diseases Professor Majid Ezzati of the Artificial Intelligence Network has been using data analytics to develop evidence-based policies to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases.[1]Currently, however, Prof Ezzati is most focused on the developing world.[2]Ezzati and colleagues analysed 2,009 studies of over 112 million adults, which enabled them to assess the changes in BMI that occurred in 200 countries from 1985 to 2017.[3]

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Global health: Rural lifestyles drive obesity

The global rise in body-mass index seen over the last 30 years is largely due to increases in the BMI of rural populations, a Nature paper suggests. Majid Ezzati and colleagues analysed 2,009 studies of over 112 million adults, which enabled them to assess the changes in BMI that occurred in 200 countries from 1985 to 2017. They found that more than 55% of the global rise in BMI since the 1980s comes from rural populations. The findings reflect the fact that, with the exception of women in sub-Saharan Africa, BMI is rising in rural areas at the same rate as or faster than in cities.[3]

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