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Given the emphasis within the developmental origins of adult health and disease paradigm on the first 1000 days, Viner et al 1 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 al 1 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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