Relationships of Hunger and Malnutrition to Learning Ability and Behavior

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State of Florida, Department of Citrus - Intellect - 23 pages
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Abstract: An informational booklet for school nutrition educators advances the theory that a definite connection exists between adequate nutrition and child's performance in school. The text examines how malnutrition and hunger affect learning ability and behavior, and considers this information in light of the School Breakfast Program and the School Lunch Program. Information is drawn from a variety of sources, ranging from international research studies and clinical findings to classroom observations and federal legislation. Research has shown that children suffering from severe or mild-to-moderate undernutrition perform poorly on perceptual, cognitive, and psychological tests. Examples of these are cited. While participation in the School Lunch or Breakfast Programs does not ensure academic success or "normal" behavior, such programs represent a notable nutrition-wide effort to alleviate or prevent undernutrition and hunger in school children and the associated potential impairments in learning ability and behavior. (wz)

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