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This Supplement of the Food and Nutrition Bulletin, The Triple Burden of Malnutrition Among Adolescents in Indonesia, is curated a variety of research papers, urging further attention to adolescent nutrition in Indonesia and beyond. 

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As the first comprehensive review of present knowledge on Indonesia’s adolescent nutrition, this Supplement, which is comprised of 9 articles by nutrition experts Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen and Klaus Kraemer at Sight and Life, as well as from UNICEF, the University of Indonesia and Wageningen University,  addresses the critical gaps in knowledge around adolescent nutrition. The triple burden of malnutrition is distinctly illustrated in Indonesia, where 1 in 3 children under 5 years old is stunted, 1 in ten 10 children has wasting, and a further 8% of children are overweight. But not all demographics are hit equally by malnutrition – adolescents bear the brunt of the consequences, as 1 in 4 adolescent girls suffers from anemia and 1 in 7 adolescents is overweight or obese. The findings of the supplement give the impetus for action in the nutrition community for more evidence-based interventions supported by large-scale implementation research and evaluation.

Policies and programs to tackle the triple burden of malnutrition in Indonesia were scarce, especially for adolescents, until recently. Many gaps in research and understanding of adolescent nutrition in Indonesia persist, including: 

  • The drivers and determinants of the triple burden of malnutrition. 
  • Evidence-based interventions which are supported by large-scale implementation research and evaluation. 
  • Effective delivery platforms capable of reaching vulnerable adolescents. 

As such, authors urge the nutrition community that the time for action is now to make adolescent nutrition the focal point of development; furthermore, it must be drawn into the mainstream within health sector plans, strategies and policies. 

In this Supplement you’ll also discover: Knowledge Gaps in Understanding the Etiology of Anemia in Indonesian Adolescents, co-authored by Kesso Gabrielle van Zutphen, Klaus Kraemer, and Alida Melse-Boonstra.

This article addresses the significant knowledge gaps around the etiology of anemia among Indonesian adolescents and provides a framework highlighting the urgency of additional research across all etiological factors. This framework was developed within the context of a need for strategies targeting anemia among adolescents in Indonesia to be adapted to local conditions and anemia’s specific etiology and prevalence in the particular setting and population.