Preventive Aspects of Early Nutrition - NNI Workshop

Editor(s): M. Fewtrell, F. Haschke, S. Prescott NNI Workshop Series (NNIW) Vol.85 , 2016


The 85th Nestle Nutrition Workshop was based on well-established and documented evidence that early-life events, including nutrition, play a powerful role in programming a person’s development, metabolism and health for the future.

The implications of early nutrition programming are significant – particularly when it comes to the risk of suffering cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity, as well as effects on immune function, allergy risk, and cognitive and behavioral outcomes later in life. It was concluded that by ensuring appropriate nutrition early in life, we have enormous potential to improve the health of future generations.

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  • Early Nutrition as a Major Determinant of ‘Immune Health’: Implications for Allergy, Obesity and Other Noncommunicable Diseases

    Author(s): S. Prescott

    Early-life nutritional exposures are significant determinants of the development and future health of all organ systems. The dramatic rise in infant immune diseases, most notably allergy, indicates the specific vulnerability of the immune system to early environmental changes. Dietary changes are at the center of the emerging epigenetic paradigms that underpin the rise in many modern inflammatory and metabolic diseases.

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