The Economic Benefits of Nutrition

Published March 14, 2016

Good nutrition is the bedrock of human well-being. And for young children, it enables the body to grow and develop to its full potential. But what does that have to do with the economy?

Studies show that well-nourished children are more likely to succeed in the classroom and earn higher wages as adults than their malnourished peers.


In fact, spending on nutrition support for mothers and young children is a proven investment. A recent analysis shows that for every $1 invested in improving nutrition, $16 is returned to the economy through improved worker productivity and lower health care costs.

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