Health and Nutrition

Children born in Young Lives countries today are less likely than their predecessors to be stunted, and more likely to have access to clean water and sanitation. However, the poorest children are as likely to suffer stunting as they were 15 years ago, and are increasingly disadvantaged relative to other children. Good nutrition and health are fundamental to children’s chances of achieving their full potential in life.

With growing evidence from Young Lives and other studies that recovery from stunting is possible, we need a focus on both early and sustained interventions to ensure these foundations are in place throughout even the poorest child’s formative years.

As the Young Lives children are now in their second decade we are looking more closely at their specific nutrition status, and particularly that of the adolescent girls in the study.

Latest research: Nutrition

Child undernutrition: opportunities beyond the first 1000 days
Journal Article
Children’s weight changes according to maternal perception of the child’s weight and health: A prospective cohort of Peruvian children
Journal Article
Households across All Income Quintiles Increased Animal Source Food Expenditures Substantially during Recent Peruvian Economic Growth
Journal Article
Birth Size, Stunting and Recovery from Stunting in Andhra Pradesh, India: Evidence from the Young Lives Study
Journal Article
Economics and Human Biology
Childhood obesity among the poor in Peru: Are there implications for cognitive outcomes?
Journal Article
Economics and Human Biology
Household food group expenditure patterns are associated with child anthropometry at ages 5, 8 & 12 years in Ethiopia, India, Peru & Vietnam
Journal Article
Heterogeneity in predictive power of early childhood nutritional indicators for mid-childhood outcomes: evidence from Vietnam
Journal Article
Maternal Undernutrition and Childbearing in Adolescence and Offspring Growth and Development
Maternal Undernutrition and Childbearing in Adolescence and Offspring Growth and Development: Is Adolescence a Critical Window for Interventions Against Stunting?
Working paper

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