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Revista chilena de pediatría

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AGUIRRE C, M. LUISA; CASTILLO D, CARLOS  y  LE ROY O, CATALINA. Emergent Challenges in Adolescent Nutrition. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2010, vol.81, n.6, pp. 488-497. ISSN 0370-4106.

Adolescence is a dynamic period of the life cycle, with significant physical, psychological and social changes, leading to autonomy and independence in eating behaviors. During this time, there is an increased risk in nutritional behavior, including excessive intake of calories, increased consumption of fat, cholesterol, and simple carbohydrates, and nutrient deficiencies such as calcium. In addition, other behaviors are at risk, including disorganized mealtimes, eating outside the home, and the onset of eating behavior disorders and addictions (caffeine, alcohol). It is necessary to develop preventive educational programs including physical activity among adolescents, to promote healthy behaviors into adulthood. Significant literatee in Chile and South America is reviewed.

Palabras clave : Nutrition; adolescents; diet; adiccions; nutritional behavior.

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