Grantham-McGregor, Sally M.; Chang, Susan M.; Walker, Susan P.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Tropical Metabolism Research Unit
Evaluation of school feeding programs: some Jamaican examples
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Date of Publication
Looks at two Jamaican studies which show that providing breakfast to students at school improved some cognitive functions, particularly in undernourished children. However, changes in classroom behavior varied depending on the quality of the school. Children in better-organized schools concentrated on tasks for longer periods and made fewer undesirable movements, whereas in poorly organized schools the children's behavior deteriorated. Studies to date have provided insufficient evidence to determine whether children's long-term scholastic achievement is improved by eating breakfast daily. Concludes that well- designed, randomized, controlled, long-term trials are essential for determining public policy on the implementation of school feeding programs....