Child Nutrition Facts

Why Good Nutrition is Essential for Every Child

  • Proper nutrition in the first 1,000 days of a child’s life is linked to improved physical and cognitive development and ability to learn in the future.1
  • The next 7,000 days of life is also crucial to helping children reach their developmental potential.2
  • 66 million primary school-age children attend classes hungry across the developing world.3
  • Malnutrition causes 45% of deaths in children under five.3
  • 1 in 4 of the world’s children suffer from stunted growth.3
  • Chronic undernutrition in early life is linked to many adverse later life outcomes including reduced schooling, poorer cognitive skills, lower earnings and a higher likelihood of living in poverty.1
  • Food and nutrition education can offer many benefits. For example, school-based nutrition programs can also provide safety nets for the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach children with the highest risk of dropping out of school.2


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