Understanding the nutritional behaviours of adolescent girls in Nampula Province, Mozambique
In the 2013 series, The Lancet, noted that adolescent girls are among the most neglected groups for targeted, effective nutrition programming and research.. Not children and not yet mature women, many adolescent girls are not fully independent and self-sufficient in their decision-making around food consumption. They rely on guidance from peer, familial, and/or community and societal influences to make health-related decisions. More research was needed to understand these sources of influence and how they serve to motivate health-seeking behaviour among this population. While adolescent girls’ nutrition behaviours are poorly understood, there is also a critical gap in knowledge around their preferences, aspirations, motivations, and needs as they relate to food consumption and diet.