Air Pollution Linked To 7 Million Deaths In 2012…

The UK have endured one of the worst levels of pollution since the great smog of the 50’s that left thousands dead. In 1952 the great smog resulted in a fog so thick and polluted that it even choked cows to death in their fields! Fog had become a common sight in London until recently when we seemed to have gotten on top of things a little. Then out of no where, a few weeks a go the pollution readings hit 10 on the scale, the highest since the great smog.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) state that the pollution for the duration of 2012 was responsible for the deaths of 7 million people! This figure makes pollution the single biggest environmental health risk, and the death toll equating to 1 in 8 of all global deaths in 2012 was the result of air pollution. Consequently the United Nations Health agency asserts that if we can reduce pollution both inside and outside of peoples homes, we have a good chance of saving millions of peoples lives.


Medscape, (2014). Polluted air linked to 7 million deaths in 2012 – WHO. Retrieved 24th April, 2014, from

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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