Adolescent health in Indonesia: 1 in 4 is stunted, 1 in 7 is obese

TEMPO.CO, Jakartathe Health MinistryDirector of Public Health Nutrition Dhian Proboyekti Dipo said the youth stage is a second opportunity to improve the quality of future generations, after the toddler stage.

“Nutritional adequacy among adolescents has vital implications for the country’s ability to meet long-term development goals,” Dhian said during a talk show and launch event promoting the school nutrition on Thursday 3 September.

Dhian mentioned that one in four teenagers are stunted and one in seven are obese. Stunting is usually caused by poor nutrition management during infancy, she says.

Meanwhile, being overweight in the youthful stage stems from several factors. Among them, the excessive consumption of sugar, salt and fat. The 2016 Individual Food Consumption Survey found that sugar consumption increased by more than 50 grams per person per day, sodium by 2,000 milligrams, and fat by 26.5%.

Basic Health Research 2013 and 2018 (Riskesdas) reported a decrease in the consumption of vegetables and fruits in the public. In 2013, 93.3% of Indonesians consumed fewer vegetables and fruits, and this figure rose to 95.5% five years later.

“It shows that our way of life poses risks to our health,” she added, saying that growth retardation and adolescent obesity could not be blamed on young people. “Know the nutritional needs of adolescents so that they are sufficient for their growth.

Dhian said that all elements including parents, teachers, school canteen directors and community figures should have proper education on adolescent nutritional needs.

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