Non Communicable Diseases and Adolescents – An Opportunity for Action
In 2008, 36 million people died from NCDs. NCD-related deaths are increasing, especially in low and middle-income countries and over half are associated with behaviours that begin or are reinforced during adolescence, including tobacco and alcohol use, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise. Global trends indicate that these NCD-related behaviours are on the rise among young people, and that they establish patterns of behaviour that persist throughout life and are often hard to change. In 2011, the World Health Assembly endorsed a resolution calling upon member states to address the needs of youth in the context of NCDs.