Directions: In the below given passage, there are blanks each of which has been numbered. Five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
Who estimates that within the next few years, non-communicable diseases will become the principal global __(1)__ of morbidity and mortality The role of diet in the diagnosis of most non-communicable diseases is well __(2)__ . The shifts towards highly refined foods and towards meat and dairy products containing high levels of saturated fats, now increasingly __(3)__ in middle income and lower income countries have together with reduced energy __(4)__ contributed to rise in the __(5)__ of obesity and non-communicable diseases. Because of the global extent of the epidemic the advantages of promoting healthy diets and preventing over nutrition should be explored.
[IBPS PO, 2014]
Select the appropriate word for blank 1.
Answer: Option D
'cause' is the best option to use with morbidity and mortality.