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.

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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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