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This report wants to highlight the lack of research on adolescent health, especially concerning their nutritional status. Considering that developing countries often have a younger population, their future economic development will be highly influenced by having healthy, productive and educated future adults. Consequently investing in the health of adolescents, especially their nutrition, can have significant effects on a country’s development and may be able to break the cycle malnutrition, chronic disease and poverty.
The report addresses several key nutritional problems during adolescence: Undernutrition and stunting, iron deficiency and anaemia, obesity and other nutrition-related chronic diseases. This is followed by an overview of general strategies and intervention models and programmes targeting adolescents.