Adolescence is a critical time of formative growth to achieve human potential, a fascinating period of profound physical, psychological, and emotional change. It is a life stage marked by both vulnerability and opportunity. As adolescents develop, they reach for engagement beyond their families, and a greater sense of place in the world. The decisions they make and habits they form, can determine their health and well-being for a lifetime. Investments in adolescent health and well-being are therefore critical. They are also key to sustainable development.
The report Our Future: A Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing brings together perspectives from public health, economics, political and social science, behavioral science, and neuroscience and provides recommendations for action to protect and promote the health, well-being and potential of the largest generation in human history. It is accompanied by a Global Burden of Disease report on adolescent health.