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As summer comes racing in, mealtime can be more and more of a challenge for parents. But the importance of eating well for kids does not diminish when the temperatures heat up. A new report from Save the Children called Food for Thought addresses how proper nutrition is imperative, not just for children’s health but also their performance in school. The report states that malnourished children have a 20% higher rate of illiteracy and how missing out on nutritious food can impact a child’s overall cognitive development, which can have far-reaching effects on economic growth. (via GR8 Nutrition Means More Than Just Health | The Right Hand Mom)
President Obama and other world leaders, have begun to tackle this issue of nutrition (or lack of) effecting children’s academic potential and future and will be coming together at two global nutrition summits (known as the G8) this month to figure out how to resolve the issue. Save the Children’s report, titled Food For Thought also discusses how malnourished kids will likely earn 20% less in adulthood, which will only perpetuate problem. (via McKinney Mommas: Healthy Food For Kids = Higher Earning & Literacy #SaveTheChildren)
Despite living in the country with a bountiful garden, it’s still a challenge to get my boys to make healthy food choices. Though they won’t eat tomatoes off the vine, they certainly gobble up our homemade salsa, spaghetti sauce and their favorite, Cheddar Tomato Pie. With 8 ingredients, 4 of which come from our farm, this is a super easy dish to prepare that yields flavorful results. I feel good because they are getting a wholesome, healthy meal. They feel great because they love the taste. We know that good nutrition helps children grow up healthy and strong. But did you also know it helps kids learn and earn more when they grow up? That’s according to Save the Children’s new report Food for Thought. In the study, Save the Children details how nutritious food impacts a child’s cognitive development and its far-reaching effects on economic growth. There are 165 million children globally who are chronically malnourished and the recent findings suggest that the global economic impact of malnutrition could be up to $125 billion! (via RuralMom.com: Food for Thought: Cheddar Tomato Pie #Gr8Recipes #SavetheChildren)
Save the Children’s report also highlights the huge economic cost of chronic malnutrition. Chronic Malnutrition causes stunting of cognitive development that results in the inability to reach full adult potential. That means a quarter of the worlds adults will not be able to fully contribute to their communities in the way they would had they received proper nutrition as a child. Spending on nutrition programs is one of the most cost effective forms of development assistance, yet currently amounts to just 0.3 per cent of global development spending. Any investment now, the report says, would be a down payment on future prosperity. (via Food For Thought; Save The Children Reports)
This month, President Obama and other world leaders will come together for the G8 Summit, which focuses on global nutrition. Save the Children’s Food for Though initiative wants to put the pressure on President Obama to make sure that financial support is put in place to prevent millions of children from dying, being undernourished and faltering intellectually. Education is key and programs need to be ushered in that not only offer affordable access to nutritional foods and supplements, but that educates children and adults on the long-term importance of good nutrition. To read Save the Children’s insightful report and learn more about the world hunger and malnutrition crisis, visit their website. (via Food for Thought: Shedding Light on the Problems Caused by Malnutrition and World Hunger | Biz Mommy L.A.)