This post originally appeared on The Diane Rehm Show.
The most critical period of a child’s development is from conception through age two. Lack of proper nutrition during this time can cause developmental issues that last a lifetime: cognitive delays, slow physical growth and a compromised immune system, to name a few. The World Health Organization estimates one in four children experiences this type of stunting. Economists say this can cost countries up to 16 percent of their GDP in lost productivity and future health care expenses. These numbers have caught the attention of world leaders and inspired a movement to address maternal and child nutrition. Roger Thurow chatted with Allison Aubrey of NPR and Asma Lateef of Bread for the World Institute to tell the story of these efforts and discuss his new book, The First 1,000 Days.
Check out an excerpt from the book as well as a transcript from their interview on thedianerehmshow.org