Guardian Series Examines Early Childhood Development, Importance Of Maternal, Child Nutrition, Environmental Factors

The Guardian: About the First Fight series
“The First Fight, a series of reports on early childhood development, is funded by support provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. The journalism is editorially independent and its purpose is to focus on the early years and the issues that affect the cognitive and health development of young children most affected by global poverty…” (9/6).

The Guardian: The first 1,000 days: Jay Rayner explains their impact on a child’s future — video
“Good nutrition, health care, and sanitation are crucial to a child’s early development. Without these, a child’s brain won’t develop properly. They will have a lower IQ and they will grow up shorter than they should, a condition known as stunting. The Observer’s food critic, Jay Rayner, explains how a child’s future is determined by the first years of life…” (Purcell et al., 9/6).

The Guardian: ‘They should be much bigger’: the heavy toll of hunger on Madagascar’s children
“…[H]alf of Madagascar’s children are so chronically malnourished they grow up too small for their age, a condition known as stunting. The odds against these children making it to secondary school, let alone managing an intellectually or physically challenging job, are vertiginous. Research shows that if a child is stunted by the age of two, the damage to their young minds and bodies is virtually irreversible…” (McVeigh, 9/6).

The Guardian: Surviving without thriving — but all is not lost for the world’s ‘stunted’ children
“…[T]he view that stunting’s impact is irreversible has now been challenged — by an anthropological study which has followed the lives of children in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam over 15 years. Some of the first cohort in Young Lives are now having their own children, yielding insights into three generations. … [C]hildren who experienced greater than expected ‘catch-up’ growth (stunted at one, but recovered by eight) were more likely to be in age-appropriate classes at eight and to have higher cognitive scores than children who remained relatively short…” (Lamble, 9/7).

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