If a new study published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, says providing babies with good nutrition can dramatically increase their earning power. The study was conducted in Guatemala over a 30 year period.
It's long been known that children of well off parents grow stronger and wealthier the children in disadvantaged families. While nutrition has always considered a factor --it was just that one factor of many: joining education, the economy and the culture,
However, in this study the only variable was what the babies ate.
According to the report by the BBC
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.
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If the study stands up to academic scrutiny it could have significant implications on how nutrition is managed in developing countries.