Of non-communicable diseases in the EU and EFTA countries, musculoskeletal disorders now show the largest increase on the health of people, and account for almost 30% of all disability.
This is according to the EU and EFTA Regional Results (released November 13th 2013) from the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study. It shows that there has been an increase in NCDs for the EU and EFTA countries from 83.31% in 1990 to 86.14% in 2010, measured by DALYs.
Read the full EU and EFTA GBD Press Release, Nov 2013.
Read more about the UK data from the Global Burden of Disease study.