Mental and metabolic health is among the greatest public health challenges we face in the Western world. Poor mental wellbeing is a growing problem, especially among children and young people, and an increasing number of people are experiencing symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Metabolic problems like overweight and eating disorders develop early in life and are often associated with poor mental wellbeing.
Problems in these areas in childhood and youth can have a major impact on the individual and on society, as they often result in lifelong challenges. Therefore, it is important to give preventive initiatives and treatment as early as possible a high priority. Developing solutions that provide these children and their families with the best knowledge and support is central. Nevertheless it has turned out to be difficult to develop individualized and coherent solutions.