Nutrition – dietary habits, nutrient intake, taste exposure
Lifestyle – sleep, physical exercise, smoking
Disease – infection, obesity
Others – for example pollution
Scientific evidence suggests that the environmental factors affecting an individual’s early life may influence their health in later life1,8 indicating that a more positive health outcome may be achieved by intervening as early as possible9.
The prevalence of childhood obesity is increasing with 1 in 5 of 4-5 year olds in England being overweight/obese11.
The first 1,000 days of an infant’s life, from conception until their second birthday, are key to determining their lifelong health12,13. This is when environmental factors - such as nutrition - can influence rapidly developing organs and body systems2,3.
The 1,000 Days partnership is a worldwide initiative that promotes positive action to improve the nutrition of mothers and their children during this critical period12,13.
Learn more about how Early Life Nutrition from conception to toddlerhood influences a baby's present and future health.
Learn more about how medical nutrition helps people of all ages live longer, healthier lives.