If the global nutrition community appears to agree on one thing at present, it is that the first 1,000 days of life matter. “The first 1,000 days, from conception to 2 years of age,” write the authors of The Biology of the First 1,000 Days, “is a critical window of growth and development. Exposures to dietary, environmental, hormonal and other stressors during this period have been associated with an increased risk of health outcomes. Researchers using cell culture, animal models, and humans have identified this time as a period of rapid physiological change and plasticity with significant potential for lasting effects. As such, interventions during the first 1,000 days will have the greatest impact on outcomes, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where the need is greatest.”
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