Risk Factors That Kill the Most Americans - TheStreet

We all take risks. Day-to-day life, such as driving to work, can be dangerous or even deadly -- accidents are a leading cause of death in the U.S. But it's the gambles we take with our health, and children's health, that take the most Americans' lives. A risk factor is something that increases your chance of developing a disease. Some you can control, such as diet or smoking, other risk factors may be genetic or age-related.

These are the total annual number of deaths in the U.S. by risk factor, measured across all age groups and both sexes, according to Our World in Data. Data is from 2016, sourced from the Global Health Data Exchange.