Even mild malnutrition during childhood can cause permanent cognitive impairment, according to a Tufts University study.

The Statement on the Link Between Nutrition and Cognitive Development in Children, published by the University's Center on Hunger, Poverty and Nutrition Policy, estimated that approximately 12 million U.S. children younger than 18 years do not get enough to eat, placing them at risk for brain underdevelopment, poor growth and poor performance on standardized tests.

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