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Delivering an action-agenda for nutrition interventions addressing adolescents and young women: priorities for implementation & action

Delivering an action-agenda for nutrition interventions addressing adolescents and young women: priorities for implementation & action
Delivering an action-agenda for nutrition interventions addressing adolescents and young women: priorities for implementation & action
Adolescent nutritional behaviors are assuming considerable importance in nutrition interventions given their important relationships with medium- and long-term outcomes. This is the period when young people undergo major anatomical and physiological maturational changes in preparation for adulthood. Nutritional requirements during puberty are higher during adolescence than during the prepubertal stage and during adulthood. A significant proportion of adolescents also become parents, and hence the importance of their health and nutritional status before as well as during pregnancy has its impact on their own health, fetal well-being, and newborn health. In this paper, we describe the evidence-based nutrition recommendations and the current global guidance for nutrition actions for adolescents. Despite the limitations of available information, we believe that a range of interventions are feasible to address outcomes in this age group, although some would need to start earlier in childhood. We propose packages of preventive care and management comprising nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions to address adolescent undernutrition, overnutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies. We discuss potential delivery platforms and strategies relevant to low- and middle-income countries. Beyond the evidence synthesis, there is a clear need to translate evidence into policy and for implementation of key recommendations and addressing knowledge gaps through prioritized research.
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Bhutta, Zulfiqar A, Lassi, Zohra S., Bergeron, Gilles, Koletzko, Berthold, salam, Rehana, Diaz, Angela, McLean, Mireille, Black, Robert E., De-Refil, Luz Maria, Christian, Parul, Prentice, Andrew M., Klein, Jonathan D., Keenan, William and Hanson, Mark (2017) Delivering an action-agenda for nutrition interventions addressing adolescents and young women: priorities for implementation & action. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. (doi:10.1111/nyas.13352).

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Adolescent nutritional behaviors are assuming considerable importance in nutrition interventions given their important relationships with medium- and long-term outcomes. This is the period when young people undergo major anatomical and physiological maturational changes in preparation for adulthood. Nutritional requirements during puberty are higher during adolescence than during the prepubertal stage and during adulthood. A significant proportion of adolescents also become parents, and hence the importance of their health and nutritional status before as well as during pregnancy has its impact on their own health, fetal well-being, and newborn health. In this paper, we describe the evidence-based nutrition recommendations and the current global guidance for nutrition actions for adolescents. Despite the limitations of available information, we believe that a range of interventions are feasible to address outcomes in this age group, although some would need to start earlier in childhood. We propose packages of preventive care and management comprising nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions to address adolescent undernutrition, overnutrition, and micronutrient deficiencies. We discuss potential delivery platforms and strategies relevant to low- and middle-income countries. Beyond the evidence synthesis, there is a clear need to translate evidence into policy and for implementation of key recommendations and addressing knowledge gaps through prioritized research.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 March 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 24 April 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 412410
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412410
ISSN: 0077-8923
PURE UUID: 6434154f-a364-4a76-8ed4-b97a948169f3
ORCID for Mark Hanson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6907-613X

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Date deposited: 17 Jul 2017 13:40
Last modified: 15 Aug 2019 00:48

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Author: Zulfiqar A Bhutta
Author: Zohra S. Lassi
Author: Gilles Bergeron
Author: Berthold Koletzko
Author: Rehana salam
Author: Angela Diaz
Author: Mireille McLean
Author: Robert E. Black
Author: Luz Maria De-Refil
Author: Parul Christian
Author: Andrew M. Prentice
Author: Jonathan D. Klein
Author: William Keenan
Author: Mark Hanson ORCID iD

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