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Next Steps for Interventions Targeting Adolescent Dietary Behaviour

School of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, UK
Nutrients 2020, 12(1), 190; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12010190
Received: 10 December 2019 / Accepted: 5 January 2020 / Published: 9 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Improving Adolescent Dietary Behaviour)
Adolescents in many countries consume poor quality diets that include high intakes of sugary drinks and fast food and low intakes of vegetables. The aims of this Special Issue on adolescent dietary behaviour were to identify methods and approaches for successful interventions to improve diet quality in this age group and identify at risk subgroups that need particular attention. In total, 11 manuscripts were published in this Special Issue—three qualitative studies which included a systematic review, five cross-sectional studies and three quantitative evaluations of interventions. This Editorial discusses the contribution of the studies and provides suggestions to improve the success of future interventions in adolescents. It is important that adolescents are involved in the design of interventions to improve social and cultural acceptability and relevance. Interventions targeting schools or communities framed within a larger food system such as issues around climate change and the carbon footprint of food may improve engagement. Furthermore, targeting adolescents in areas of lower deprivation is a priority where diet quality is particularly poor. Potentially successful interventions also include environmental policies that impact on the cost and marketing of food and drinks, although evaluations of these were not included in this issue. View Full-Text
Keywords: intervention; adolescent; dietary behaviour; education; environment; nutrition policy; sugary drinks; vegetables intervention; adolescent; dietary behaviour; education; environment; nutrition policy; sugary drinks; vegetables
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Evans, C.E.L. Next Steps for Interventions Targeting Adolescent Dietary Behaviour. Nutrients 2020, 12, 190.

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