Life-long food habits are established during adolescence. During this important time, there a high incidence of nutritional deficiencies and poor eating habits. Immediate and is long-term complications include obesity, hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis, sexual maturation delays, and final adult height. Development of eating disorders is prominent during this period. In addition, the prevalence of obesity or risk of future obesity is increasing (30% of children age 6-19 are overweight or at risk of being overweight). The highest prevalence of nutritional deficiencies occur during adolescence.
Our work with adolescents includes nutrition counseling for: