Malnutrition and cognitive development

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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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Psychosocial Status and Cognitive Achievement in Peru
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Investigating Caesarean Section Birth as a Risk Factor for Childhood Overweight
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The Impact of Child Malnutrition and Health on Cognitive Skills in Ethiopia: Using a Standard Panel Data Analysis
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Disparities in children’s vocabulary and height in relation to household wealth and parental schooling: A longitudinal study in four low- and middle-income countries
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Economics and Human Biology
Childhood obesity among the poor in Peru: Are there implications for cognitive outcomes?
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Heterogeneity in predictive power of early childhood nutritional indicators for mid-childhood outcomes: evidence from Vietnam
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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
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