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The 2016 report of the Lancet Commission on Adolescent
Health and Wellbeing was published shortly after the launch of the Global
Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and became a focal
point for global discussions around adolescent health evidence and gaps. It
presented a comprehensive and integrated perspective on adolescent health
needs, together with a synthesis of existing evidence on effective responses.
The Commission made six recommendations around better
tracking of health needs, promotion of more effective health service system and
inter-sectoral responses, and ensuring the development of frameworks for
accountability that included the participation and engagement of young people
The Lancet proposed a Standing Commission, with the
Current initiatives include Lancet series on growth and nutrition expected to
appear in early 2021, analyses of future NCD risks (2021), analyses of injury
disease burden and investment cases (2021) and a series on adolescent
indigenous health for 2022.
Malnutrition, including obesity and undernutrition
(stunting, low weight, and micronutrient deficiencies), together with food
insecurity and hunger, are leading modifiable contributors to global disease
burden. Although undernutrition persists today in most low resource settings as
the major nutritional problem of adolescents, obesity will become the major
nutritional problem for young people in the near future. In some regions of the world, for example
Latin America, that shift has already occurred. By 2025, 124 million children
and adolescents will be overweight or obese and before then obesity numbers
will exceed those for moderate and severe undernutrition.
Given that the
determinants of adolescent nutrition lie across many different sectors, for
this series, we have brought together diverse disciplines with understandings
of nutrition, adolescent growth, learning and development, agriculture and food
systems, urban design and behavioural economics.
As part of
a 5-year Lancet Standing Commission,
we will outline an evidence-based framework for both research and policy
investments in adolescent nutrition.
3-paper series and forecasting paper for The
Lead authors: Shane Norris and Edward Frongillo
The paper will synthesise latest evidence around adolescent
growth and development and present both a conceptual model and case studies
from regional adolescent cohorts to illustrate how nutrition in particular
influences these processes.
Lead author: Lynnette Neufeld
This paper will provide a framework
and evidence for examining influences on adolescent food and other
lifestyle behaviours that support healthy growth and
Lead authors: Dougal Hargreaves and Purnima Menon
This paper aims to provide evidence and guidance on the
development and implementation of nutrition-related policies and interventions
to support healthy growth and development of adolescents worldwide.
Lead author: Jess Kerr, Dot Dumuid, Kate Francis, Peter
Azzopardi, George Patton
paper, will (1) provide contemporary estimates of the prevalence of underweight
and overweight/obesity for adolescents at global, regional and national levels
and describe transitions that have occurred since 1990 to 2017; (2) model the
implications of these contemporary overweight and obesity estimates on
population health and disease burden, and (3) model the prevalence of
adolescent overweight and obesity to 2040 and how this projected prevalence
could be shifted under varying scenarios (e.g. intervention through dietary
change and/or increases in physical activity).
Prof George Patton, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, University
of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Lynnette Neufeld, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Prof Shane Norris, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Prof Edward Frongillo Jr, University of South Carolina, US
Dr Dougal Hargreaves, Imperial College London, UK
Dr Purnima Menon, International Food Policy Research
Mariam Naguib, Youth Commissioner, Lancet Standing
Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, Canada
Shanshan He, Youth Commissioner, Lancet Standing
Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, China
Surabhi Dogra , Youth Commissioner, Lancet Standing
Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, India
Foundation Botnar with support from the Wellcome Trust.
Work in progress
For further information
please contact Prof
Further information on can be found on the AdolescentsOurFuture website.
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Additional information about the Commission can be found on The Lancet website.