Five significant characteristics of the adolescent population of India are as follows
(i) Adolescent population constitutes one-fifth of the total population of India.
(ii) They are generally grouped in the age group of 10 to 19 years.
(iii) They are the most important resource for the future.
(iv) Nutritional requirements of adolescents are . higher than those of normal child or adult.
(v) In India, a large number of adolescent girls suffer from anaemia.
(vi) The adolescent girls have to be sensitised to the problems they confront.