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Food insecurity and its implications on nutrition, health and education of Ethiopian adolescents

(2012)
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Adolescence is one of the four critical phases of human growth and development when negative effects of food insecurity and malnutrition are pronounced. However, most nutrition policies and programs and research agendas in many low and middle income countries give very little attention to the impact of food insecurity on health and wellbeing of adolescents. As a result, global evidence on adolescent nutrition and health is patchy. In Ethiopia, there is little evidence on the effect of food insecurity on nutritional status and wellbeing of adolescents. Although the Ethiopian government has a National Nutrition Strategy and National Nutrition program guiding all nutrition related actions in the country, adolescents are not identified as a vulnerable group leading to a complete absence of interventions on adolescent nutrition. This study investigated the effect of food insecurity on adolescents’ nutrition, health, and education and identifies policy advocacy issues to support adolescent nutrition programming in Ethiopia. The results show that food insecurity is profoundly affecting dietary quality, health, growth and education of adolescents and that gender plays a critical role in this process. This calls for urgent attention of policy makers.
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linear growth, menarche, educational attainment, school absenteeism, morbidity gender differences, dietary quality, coping strategies, buffering, Ethiopia, Food insecurity, adolescent

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Lema, Tefera Belachew. 2012. “Food Insecurity and Its Implications on Nutrition, Health and Education of Ethiopian Adolescents”. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering.
APA
Lema, T. B. (2012). Food insecurity and its implications on nutrition, health and education of Ethiopian adolescents. Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent, Belgium.
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Lema TB. Food insecurity and its implications on nutrition, health and education of Ethiopian adolescents. [Ghent, Belgium]: Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering; 2012.
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Lema, Tefera Belachew. “Food Insecurity and Its Implications on Nutrition, Health and Education of Ethiopian Adolescents.” 2012 : n. pag. Print.
@phdthesis{3053660,
  abstract     = {Adolescence  is one of the four critical phases of human growth and development when  negative  effects  of  food insecurity  and  malnutrition  are  pronounced. However, most nutrition policies and programs and research agendas in many low and  middle  income  countries  give  very  little  attention to  the  impact  of  food insecurity on health and wellbeing of adolescents. As a  result, global evidence on adolescent nutrition and health is patchy. In Ethiopia, there is little evidence on the effect  of  food  insecurity  on  nutritional status  and  wellbeing  of  adolescents.
Although the Ethiopian government has a National Nutrition Strategy and National Nutrition program guiding all nutrition related actions  in the country, adolescents are  not  identified as  a  vulnerable  group  leading  to  a  complete  absence  of interventions  on  adolescent  nutrition.  This  study investigated  the  effect  of  food insecurity  on  adolescents{\textquoteright} nutrition,  health,  and  education  and  identifies  policy advocacy  issues  to  support  adolescent  nutrition programming  in  Ethiopia.  The results  show  that  food insecurity  is  profoundly  affecting  dietary  quality,  health, growth  and education of adolescents  and  that  gender plays a  critical  role  in  this process. This calls for urgent attention of policy makers.},
  author       = {Lema, Tefera Belachew},
  isbn         = {9789059895645},
  keyword      = {linear growth,menarche,educational attainment,school absenteeism,morbidity gender differences,dietary quality,coping strategies,buffering,Ethiopia,Food insecurity,adolescent},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {VIII, 220},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Faculty of Bioscience Engineering},
  school       = {Ghent University},
  title        = {Food insecurity and its implications on nutrition, health and education of Ethiopian adolescents},
  year         = {2012},
}