PRB Topic Feed: Noncommunicable Diseases/Topics/NoncommunicableDiseases.aspxHow Obesity Relates to Socioeconomic StatusObesity is related to some of the leading causes of death, including heart disease, some cancers, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. While obesity levels have been rising for all socioeconomic groups, some groups are more affected than others.12/03/2013/Publications/Articles/2013/obesity-socioeconomic-status.aspxfa2c18a8-ee31-44a1-b7b7-d95583f54c34New Studies Bolster U.S. Smoking Prevention EffortsTo better design and target anti-smoking efforts, researchers are examining stress, genes linked to nicotine addiction, and neighborhood/family characteristics to identify who smokes today and why. About 15 percent of U.S. adults now smoke, down from 45 percent in 1965.08/25/2017/Publications/Articles/2017/New-Studies-Bolster-US-Smoking-Prevention.aspxe905edcf-2a65-4229-84c2-30d2017bd10eAre Developing Countries Ready to Tackle the Health Problems of Older People?As more people in developing countries reach 60 and beyond (having made it safely past the threat of infectious disease, malnutrition, and pregnancy or childbirth-related complications), many countries will face new challenges from chronic diseases.10/12/2007/Publications/Articles/2007/OctDCPBlurb.aspxe62f250f-8fa4-4aea-8222-cda3b5720f22Obesity Epidemic a Threat to U.S. Military Personnel and National SecurityThe obesity epidemic in the United States affects public health and the labor market, but researchers suggest that obesity may also affect national security.09/19/2013/Publications/Articles/2013/us-obesity-military.aspxe59dd509-9cd9-46a6-89b1-ae1fc74a7d7dChronic Diseases Do Affect Youth There is a global epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). And the four primary risk factors for these chronic diseases—tobacco, alcohol, lack of exercise, and poor nutrition—are typically initiated during adolescence or young adulthood, setting the stage for later disease.09/08/2011/Publications/Articles/2011/youth-and-chronic-diseases.aspxceef58e7-4362-4dbd-8444-069c8c3ec236The Dual Burden of Overweight and Underweight in Developing CountriesIncreasingly, health systems in poor countries are simultaneously confronting undernutrition and overnutrition―not only at the national level, but also within households.03/01/2006/Publications/Articles/2006/TheDualBurdenofOverweightandUnderweightinDevelopingCountries.aspxbc11a52d-c89a-4f71-b0e7-1fc4495bbfebMarriage Benefits Men's HealthMarriage improves health indicators and decreases the risk of certain diseases, according to a report in the Harvard Men's Health Watch. On the other hand, marital stress, divorce, and the death of a spouse have the opposite effect, particularly on men.09/02/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/usmarriagemenshealth.aspxb9936889-3b42-40c2-8262-0054c268c440Americans Living Longer, Not Necessarily Healthier, LivesAre older people healthier today than they were a generation ago? The answer depends on which indicator of health is used to measure change. 03/01/2001/Publications/Articles/2001/AmericansLivingLongerNotNecessarilyHealthierLives.aspxb1f2b3db-199c-4751-a06f-2e7bb988bd85Smoking-Related Deaths Keep U.S. Life Expectancy Below Other Wealthy CountriesThe United States has a lower life expectancy than many other wealthy countries, and the gap has been widening over the last two decades. New research shows that greater tobacco use among Americans is one cause of lower life expectancy.10/06/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/ussmoking.aspxaa915e88-788a-41ee-bd80-9c8095a3739dNoncommunicable Diseases Among Older Adults in Low- and Middle-Income CountriesThis e-newsletter highlights work by National Institute on Aging (NIA)-supported researchers and others on the patterns and dynamics of noncommunicable diseases among older adults in low- and middle-income countries.08/01/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/noncommunicable-diseases-older-adults.aspx9892ca36-3793-4a58-9b4e-df341a6c5d8e