Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, respiratory disorders, and mental and neurological disorders are the cause of 55% of deaths in India. Adolescents—young people between the ages of 11 and 19—make up 21% of India’s population. Their ongoing neural, psychosocial, and physical development makes them especially vulnerable to the four main risk factors for NCDs: Unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, alcohol use, and tobacco use.
Reducing noncommunicable disease risk factors in adolescents
An investment case for India
Kataria, I., Hale, J., Watkins, D. A., Kulkarni, N., Hutchinson, B. W., & Nugent, R. A. (2018). Reducing noncommunicable disease risk factors in adolescents: An investment case for India.