Adolescent nutrition in Bangladesh

This document highlights the national and regional trends in adolescent nutritional status, dietary intake, early marriage, school enrolment and an outline of the subpopulations that are most vulnerable in Bangladesh. 

Key findings include:

  • Undernutrition remains a large concern particularly stunting and micronutrient deficiencies
  • Diet quality of adolescents is very poor and would benefit from increased intake of micronutrient-dense and fiber-rich whole foods.
  • Early marriage is declining but still common and secondary school enrolment is low. 

The aim of the research was to better guide interventions and monitor progress on Bangladeshi adolescents. While this document identified important trends and patterns, further research is needed to disaggregate the available data of adolescents to provide more detailed insights into the complex nutritional issues of adolescents in Bangladesh.