Malnutrition and cognitive development

Undernutrition in early life is highly prevalent in low- and middle-income countries and has devastating implications for child development as well as long-lasting consequences for adult human capital and national economic growth. Stunting and its implications for child development are in general considered irreversible beyond the ‘first 1000 days’ since conception.

However, Young Lives evidence shows that recovery from stunting after the first 1000 days is possible and this leads to improvements in learning and education outcomes.

Latest research: Malnutrition and cognitive development

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Access to Obstetric Care and Children’s Health, Growth and Cognitive Development in Vietnam: Evidence from Young Lives
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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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Impact of the Juntos Conditional Cash Transfer Programme in Peru on Nutritional and Cognitive Outcomes: Does the Age of Exposure Matter?
Working paper
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Growth Trajectories from Conception through Middle Childhood and Cognitive Achievement at Age 8 Years
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Does Pre-school Improve Cognitive Abilities among Children with Early-life Stunting?
Journal Article
Wealth Index and Risk of Childhood Overweight and Obesity
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Participation in the Juntos Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Peru Is Associated with Changes in Child Anthropometric Status but Not Language Development or School Achievement
Journal Article
Child Development in a Changing World: Key Messages and Knowledge Gaps
Policy paper

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