UP until the 1970s, lifestyle diseases were not a public health problem in Papua New Guinea.
But since then, there has been a rapid increase in these diseases, particularly among the urban and peri-urban populations.
Dietary-related problems and diseases such as hypertension, cardio-vascular, celebro-vascular and acute myocardial heart diseases are caused by fatty and salty diets.
Smoking has significantly increased the risks of having these disease.
Health statistics show that an increasing number of elite Papua New Guineans are dying in their prime age of 50 to 60 years when they are at their peak of fully utilising their capabilities.