Using data from the Global Burden of Disease study 2015 (GBD 2015), this study reports the leading causes of mortality and morbidity for adolescents in the EMR from 1990 to 2015. We also report the prevalence of key health risk behaviors and determinants. Findings from this study suggests that even with the return of peace and security, adolescents will have a persisting poor health profile that will pose a barrier to socioeconomic growth and development of the EMR.
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NCD Risk Factor Collaboration. Trends in adult body-mass index in 200 countries from 1975 to 2014: a pooled analysis of 1698 population-based measurement studies with 19· 2 million participants. The Lancet. 2016 Apr 8;387(10026):1377-96.
Salam RA, Das JK, Lassi ZS, Bhutta ZA. Adolescent health and well-being: Background and methodology for review of potential interventions. Journal of Adolescent Health. 2016 Oct 31;59(4):S4-10.