Nutritious food during childhood boosts earning power as adults

February 2nd, 2008 - 6:02 pm ICT by admin  

London, Feb 2 (ANI): Babies who are fed a nutritious diet have an increased earning power as adults, says a new research.

The study, conducted on Guatemalan babies, found that kids who were well fed earned almost 50 percent more than those who were not.

Experts said that the findings could affect how aid is managed in countries in the developing world and could also have a bearing on social policy towards the poor in more developed nations, reports the Lancet.

The researchers said that food, schooling, the economic environment and the social services provided by government, all play a role in achieving such a result.

However, in the long-term study, nutrition was the only variable that changed.

During the 1970s, some of the babies in the study were given a very nutritious food supplement, some a less nutritious one.

When the researchers returned three decades later to see how the babies - now men - were faring, they found that men who had had the very nutritious supplement up to the age of three were earning nearly half as much more per hour than the other villagers.

The girl babies who had become women did not have similar wage differentials, possibly because they had less choice about where they worked.

The study is published in the journal The Lancet. (ANI)

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