A new study done at Cornell's Early Childhood Centre shows that students who eat well fed do better in academics then those who don’t.

Food insecurity is a term that describes a situation in which a child does not have enough to eat due to poverty in the household. Children who come from food-insecure families are likely to suffer impaired academic development especially in reading. 21,000 children who entered kindergarten in 1998 were followed until their third grade. The study combined both psychological and nutritional aspects.

Food-insecure girls are found to have problems with reading development, impaired social skills and were more prone to weight gain. Both boys and girls affected develop mathematical skills more slowly that children who ate normally.

Many people don’t know that food insecurity affects as many as 18% of households with children in the USA and represents a persistent national problem.