Using science to make hunger history

Using science to make hunger history

Recent research on nutrition has shown how to save the lives of one million children a year.

Compelling evidence

In 2008, the Lancet compiled all the research on nutrition in a five-part series.

They put forward compelling evidence that if a child does not have adequate nutrition in the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday, the damage is irreversible.

Health for a lifetime

Professor David Barker, epidemiologist in the University of Southampton, said: 

It’s generally believed that because the body is complete within the first 1,000 days that everything’s done. It’s not surprising that health for a lifetime is the product of those 1,000 days.

Making malnutrition history

The Lancet series identified 13 ways to ensure children get the nutrition they need in the 1,000 days between pregnancy and age two. These interventions could save the lives of one million children a year.

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