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

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
BioMed Central
Early rapid weight gain and subsequent overweight and obesity in middle childhood in Peru
Journal Article
The Sooner The Better But It’s Never Too Late
The Sooner The Better But It’s Never Too Late: The Impact of Nutrition at Different Periods of Childhood on Cognitive Development
Working paper
Do boys eat better than girls in India? Longitudinal evidence on dietary diversity and food consumption disparities among children and adolescents
Journal Article
The nutrition transition and adolescents’ diets in low- and middle-income countries: a cross-cohort comparison
Journal Article
Stunting in Infancy Is Associated with Decreased Risk of High Body Mass Index for Age at 8 and 12 Years of Age
Journal Article
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Social Protection For All Ages? Impacts of Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme on Child Nutrition
Journal Article
Do Boys Eat Better than Girls in India?
Working paper

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