Nutrition affects cognitive development
Nutritionist and dietician Dr Geeta Dharmatti said iron deficiency in blood provides less oxygen to the body, which does not reach the brain as well. “Iodine and thyroid play a major role in cognitive development of the brain. These intakes are responsible for keeping your energy, that maintains concentration level and focus,” she said, adding that it is necessary to check the source of calories, proteins and iodine of these children. “Marginalised children generally munch on foods like wada pav, bread products, which are cheap and easily available. These do not produce any good substance for the body,” she said.