Countries worldwide need to increase emphasis on the need for healthy nutrition from childhood, including school years to adulthood, to help in brain development, a scientist says.
According to Majid Ezzati, co-author of a study that has found Sub-Saharan Africa with six of the world’s top ten countries with low adolescents’ birth weights, says that such interventions will help children grow taller without gaining excessive weight for their height.
The interventions will be context-specific but they should broadly be policies that increase the availability and reduce the cost of nutritious foods, as this will help children grow taller without gaining excessive weight for their height.”
Majid Ezzati, co-author of a study
“These initiatives include food vouchers towards nutritious foods for low-income families and free healthy school meal programmes, which are particularly under threat during the [COVID-19] pandemic,” Ezzati,