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Life course epidemiology: recognising the importance of puberty
  1. C Mary Schooling
  1. School of Urban Public Health at Hunter College and City University of New York School of Public Health, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor C Mary Schooling, 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035, USA; mschooli{at}hunter.cuny.edu

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Given the emphasis within the developmental origins of adult health and disease paradigm on the first 1000 days, Viner et al1 are to be applauded for drawing attention to adolescence as a key developmental stage for brain development, psychosocial development, health behaviour, obesity and mental health, with ramifications throughout the life course. Viner et al1 also highlight the importance of adolescence as a critical or sensitive period for adult health and disease, including cardiovascular disease and cardiometabolic outcomes, with the risk perhaps mediated by programming of metabolic factors, such as insulin-like growth factor 1, or by obesity.

One further aspect of adolescence that …

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