Nutrition in Adolescent Girls in South Asia
This article reviews nutritional data of adolescent girls in South Asia and suggests ways to accelerate improvement. The authors find that undernutrition and anaemia affect over 50% of adolescent girls in the region, that overweight and obesity are an emerging problem, and that poor diet is preventing both catch-up growth during teenage years and gains across generations. They argue for large scale, multisectoral nutrition services that can address adolescent nutrition, including anemia, healthy diets, and physical activity. Sectors such as education, child protection, social policy, and water and sanitation can deliver interventions to tackle the underlying determinants of nutrition in adolescents.