Dancing in the Rain: Living With NCDs

Noncommunicable Diseases
Alessandro Demaio

“NCDs, or noncommunicable diseases, are a group of diseases connected by their causes – or what doesn’t cause them. They are a group of diseases defined by what they are not. Quite literally, their name means those diseases we cannot catch from another person …”

Pathways into Noncommunicable Diseases Start Early in Life
Rae-Chi Huang and Fiona J Stanley

“We are living in a time of unprecedented risk for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic pulmonary disease. In 2008, it was estimated by the World Health Organization that NCDs were responsible for 63% of deaths (57 million deaths) worldwide …”

NCDs and the Culture Wars: Creating Healthy Policies to Prevent NCDs
Rob Moodie

“As explained earlier in the book, NCDs are closely related to human behaviour. We are what we eat. We are also what we drink, smoke and exercise. And these behaviours are very much part of the prevailing culture of a nation, or a community or a family. They are also highly changeable, for better or worse …”

Living your Fullest Life after Breast Cancer
Felicia Knaul and Maja Pleic

“As women age, we have many changes to look forward to as the uncertainties of love and employment blossom into the stability of family and career, and the anxieties of youth are transformed into the wisdom of maturity …”

Is Obesity a Chronic Disease?
Sarah Price and Joseph Proietto

“There is disagreement about whether obesity should be considered a disease. Obesity is inconsistently referred to as a ‘condition’, a ‘lifestyle disorder’, a ‘risk factor for disease’, and even a ‘disease’ itself …”

When the Water Drops are Sweet: Living with Diabetes Mellitus
Clement Lo and Sophia Zoungas

“The term diabetes mellitus is derived from Greek and Latin words meaning excessive discharge of urine (diabetes), which is honey sweet (mellitus). The disease diabetes mellitus was first described as early as 1500 BC by physicians from Egypt and India …”

Tobacco, Lung Diseases and NCDs: A Reason to Dance, but the Rain is Still Falling
Nathan Grills

“As the NCDs rain down, or even pour, and the forecast is for torrential rain, we can bask in the success of tobacco control in places like Australia. Unlike when I grew up, my children, and yours can dance without having to choke on tobacco smoke. So, tobacco control in Australia is a story about dancing in the rain! …”

Mental Health – the Forgotten NCD
Janie Maxwell and Grant Blashki

“Most of you will know someone with mental illness. How long did it take for them to receive help? How does it affect their lives and those around them? How do you personally feel about mental health? This chapter endeavours to paint a picture of mental health around the globe …”

NCDs – a Positive Psychology Approach to Coping
Timothy Sharp

“If you’ve picked up this book and/or begun reading this chapter (which you obviously have or else you wouldn’t be hearing these words in your head!) then you probably already know what a noncommunicable disease is because you either have one yourself or you know someone else who does …”

Cities and Health: Preventing NCDs Through Urban Design
Melanie Lowe and Billie Giles-Corti

“City planning is now recognised as an important part of a comprehensive solution to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). By 2050, some 75% of the world’s population will live in cities …”

Creating the Conditions for People to Lead Healthy, Fulfilling Lives: Law Reform to Prevent and Control NCDs
Belinda Reeve and Lawrence O Gostin

“Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs; e.g., cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory disease) represent a profound threat to the health of the world ’s population, accounting for over two-thirds of deaths worldwide and more than half of the global disease burden …”