Determinants of undernutrition and overnutrition among adolescents in developing countries

Sarah E. Cusick, Amanda E. Kuch

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Many developing countries are struggling with coexisting undernutrition and overnutrition among adolescent populations. Adolescents in developing countries are not typically prioritized for nutritional interventions because young people this age have low rates of morbidity and mortality. However, stunting and thinness remain prevalent among adolescents worldwide, and micronutrient deficiencies, in particular iron deficiency, are common. Approximately 85% of adolescents in developing countries live in urban areas where processed food and a more sedentary lifestyle are standard. Overweight and obesity are consequently on the rise among urban adolescents. These problems are evident despite the use of various anthropometric standards and other challenges to nutritional assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-456
Number of pages17
JournalAdolescent medicine: state of the art reviews
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2012


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