Book Chapter

Adolescent Health Globally: Issues and Challenges

George C Patton, Susan M Sawyer

Nestle Nutrition Institute workshop series | KARGER | Published : 2015


Rapid declines in fertility, increasing survival through infancy and childhood and greater longevity mean that this generation of adolescents will be the largest in human history. In low-income countries, the 'youth bulge' has the potential to bring great economic prosperity. In contrast, many high-income countries face a 'demographic cliff' where a smaller pool of young people poses major economic and social challenges. In both contexts, the health and well-being of this generation of adolescents will determine future national development. Shifts in adolescent development have major implications for health. Falls in the age of puberty together with a rising age of marriage have, for example..

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