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 Scientific Research Links Nutrition and Cognitive Development

   

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The Link between Nutrition and Cognitive Development in Children

Tufts University, Medford, MA

Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition Policy

arrow Under-nutrition along with environmental factors associated with poverty can permanently retard physical growth, brain development, and cognitive functioning.

arrow The longer a child's nutritional, emotional and education needs go unmet, the greater the likelihood of cognitive impairments.

arrow Poor children who attend school hungry perform significantly below non-hungry low-income peers on standardized test scores.

arrow There exists a strong association between family income and the growth and cognitive development of children.

arrow Improved nutrition and environmental conditions can modify the effects of early under-nutrition.

arrow Supplemental feeding programs can help to offset threats posed to the child's capacity to learn and perform in school which result from inadequate nutrient intake.

arrow Once under-nutrition occurs, its long-term effects may be reduced or eliminated by a combination of adequate food intake and environmental (home, school) support.

 

 

 


 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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