Malnutrition 'hits literacy'

Malnourished children struggle to read and write simple sentences regardless of their level of schooling, according to research by Save the Children.

Poor nutrition 'can seriously damage child's life chances'

These findings confirm our very worst fears - that poor nutrition is capable of seriously damaging a child's life chances before he or she even sets foot in a classroom.

We have made huge progress in tackling child deaths, but having a quarter of the world's children at risk of under-performing at school will have grave consequences for the fight to end global poverty.

World leaders must take the opportunity to change this in London on June 8th and commit to tackle the scourge of malnutrition for good.

We want to see funding for countries suffering the highest burden so that millions of children's lives can be transformed.

– Save the Children Chief Executive Justin Forsyth

Malnourished children 'struggle to read and write'

Chronically malnourished children struggle to read and write simple sentences regardless of their level of schooling, according to research by Save the Children.

Malnourished children struggle to read and write, according to a new report. Credit: Save the Children

Eight-year-olds who are stunted by malnutrition are 19% more likely to make a mistake while reading a simple sentence, the report Food for Thought said.

Stunted children are 12.5% more likely to make a mistake writing a simple sentence and do 7% worse on basic maths questions.

The findings, based on research with thousands of children in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam, come 10 days before a global nutrition summit in London and ahead of this year's G8.

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