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.