Stunting and poverty 'could hold back 250m children worldwide'

Stunting and poverty 'could hold back 250m children worldwide'
 

Nearly 250 million young children across the world – 43% of under-fives – are unlikely to fulfil their potential as adults because of stunting and extreme poverty, new figures show.
The first three years of life are crucial to a child’s development, according to a series of research papers published in the Lancet medical journal, which says there are also economic costs to the failure to help them grow. Those who do not get the nutrition, care and stimulation they need will earn about 26% less than others as adults.
“The costs of not acting immediately to expand services to improve early... read more

 
4 October 2016 in Health, Views: 29
Source: Guardian
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