More Adolescents Face “Triple Burden”

Health outcomes are not looking up for the largest demographic in history: 10- to 24-year-olds, found new research calling for major investments in adolescent health.  

In low-income countries young people make up 30% of the population, but command under 2% of health investments.

Compared to 1990, 250 million more adolescents face the “triple burden” of infectious disease, noncommunicable diseases and injuries, according to a new Lancet study from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

From 1990-2016, the number of overweight adolescents or obese adolescents more than doubled. And while adolescent smoking is down overall since 1990, the proportion of smokers in multi-burden countries has gone way up.

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health via EurekAlert

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