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J Pediatr Nurs. 2005 Aug;20(4):258-67.

Barriers that influence eating behaviors in adolescents.

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  • 1College of Nursing, Prairie View A&M University, Houston, TX 77003, USA.


Adolescence is a time of rapid growth and development with biologic, psychological, and emotional changes occurring simultaneously. We conducted a critical review of the literature to analyze key topics in the study of adolescents' eating behaviors and to identify barriers to healthy eating experienced by adolescents. The literature documents that nutritional deficits and poor eating established during adolescence have long-term health, growth, and developmental consequences. Gaps in the literature are identified and recommendations for future studies are proposed.

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