Special Issue "Challenges Faced by Adolescents and Youth in Order to Deal with the Increasing Tisk of Obesity and the Growing Epidemic of Non-communicable Diseases"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recently both WHO and UNICEF have turned their attention to adolescents and their risk factors which make them susceptible to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in later life. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of diet and physical activity and in including adolescents and youth in committees which develop guidelines and policies aimed at their health. Adolescence and youth are recognised as being critical stages in prevention of obesity and related conditions in leading to the development of NCDs in later life.

“The Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030) envisions a world in which every woman, child and adolescent in every setting realises their rights to physical and mental health and well-being, has social and economic opportunities, and is able to participate fully in shaping prosperous and sustainable societies.” A high-level Steering Group of WHO have identified seven areas of focus with one of these being adolescent health.

Additionally, WHO and UNCEF have developed global lists of indicators to measure adolescent health.

 Do we know what the main drivers and barriers of diet and physical activity are during this critical period?  Which interventions can make a difference to improving dietary intake and in increasing physical activity during this vulnerable period?

Emeritus P Nelia Steyn
Prof. Dr. Marjanne Senekal
Guest Editors

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  • Diet intake
  • Physical activity
  • Barriers
  • Challenges
  • NCDs
  • Overweight/obesity

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