6.6.3  Poor school performance and attendance

Proper nutrition is essential for mental and physical development and for school performance. Malnutrition reduces children’s learning ability, school performance and attendance.

Iodine deficiency lowers the ability of children to think and become creative and productive adults. Iodine is necessary for the normal development of the brain of the fetus during pregnancy.

6.6.2  Low productivity of the malnourished individuals

6.6.4  Poverty perpetuation (a vicious circle)