A new research study from University College London that studied the eating habits of 65,226 people, representative of the English population between 2001 and 2013, found that eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day reduces your risk of death at any point in time by 42 percent compared to eating less than one portion, reports a new study.
These are astounding result but unfortunately I think the impact of the findings is lost in a sea of text.
Eating seven or more portions reduces the specific risks of death by cancer and heart disease by 25% and 31% respectively. The research also showed that vegetables have significantly higher health benefits than fruit. Compared to eating less than one portion of fruit and vegetables, the risk of death by any cause is reduced by 14% by eating one to three portions, 29% for three to five portions, 36% for five to seven portions and 42% for seven or more.
This needs to be shown visually for people to remember it more easily and potentially have an impact on their lives. With that in mind, I wanted to create a simple infographic to visually represent the salient points from the study. There’s not a lot of data that needs to be represented – simple line chart will do the trick very easily. While it won’t win any data journalism awards, I hope it fulfills my intended purpose which is to make the data a little easier to digest (pun intended) and more memorable to readers.
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Fruit and vegetable consumption and all-cause, cancer and CVD mortality: analysis of Health Survey for England data – Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health