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80% of teen girls aren’t meeting calcium needs

Doctors and nutrition experts are increasingly alarmed by the widespread low intake of key nutrients among preteen and teen girls, and are warning that poor diets are likely to cause both immediate issues such as poor school performance and long-term health problems like osteoporosis.

“This is the stuff that keeps me up at night,” says Regan Lucas Bailey, a nutrition science professor at Purdue University. Dr. Bailey and others are worried not only about the health effects of poor diet on the girls themselves but also on the health of any children they might have in the future. “Going into reproductive age at nutrition risk can cause intergenerational effects,” Dr. Bailey says.

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