Adolescent and Youth Nutrition in India



This chapter is a comprehensive review of the current status of nutrition among adolescents and youth in India. It presents contemporary literature on the prevalence of underweight, overweight and obesity among these subpopulations and highlights areas where there is inadequate data. The prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies among Indian adolescents and youth, as well as among specific vulnerable populations, is also briefly described. Policies and programmes that have a direct or indirect impact on nutrition are described in detail along with reviews of their impact, where evidence is available. The review also includes a section on vulnerable populations and discusses factors that affect dietary intake and nutrition, including knowledge levels among adolescents and youth. Recommendations for policy-level, programmatic, community-level and research initiatives to improve nutrition and fill the gaps in research are made with a view to highlighting the important issue of nutrition among this relatively neglected demographic sub-group in India.


Underweight Micronutrient deficiency National nutrition policy Nutrition programmes Overweight 


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  1. 1.Centre for Excellence on Adolescents & YouthTata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

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