School feeding for improving the physical and psychosocial health of disadvantaged students

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Kristjansson, E. A., Robinson, V., Petticrew, M., MacDonald, B., Krasevec, J., Janzen, L., Greenhalgh, T., Wells, G., MacGowan, J., Farmer, A., Shea, B.J., Mayhew, A,, Tugwell, P. School feeding for improving the physical and psychosocial health of disadvantaged students. Campbell Systematic Reviews 2006 14, DOI: 10.4073/csr.2006.14

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B. Kristjansson, M. Petticrew, B. MacDonald, J. Krasevec, L. Janzen, T. Greenhalgh, G.A. Wells, J. MacGowan, A.P. Farmer, B. Shea, A. Mayhew, P. Tugwell, V. Welch
East Asia and Pacific (includes South East Asia), South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
Education, Health Nutrition and Population
Educational Inputs, Child Nutrition
Equity Focus
Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Review Type
Effectiveness review

Main findings

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Early malnutrition and/or micronutrient deficiencies can adversely affect physical, mental, and social aspects of child health. School feeding programs are designed to improve attendance, achievement, growth, and other health outcomes.

Research objectives

As stated bythe authors: “(1) To determine the effectiveness of school feeding programs in improving physical and psychosocial health outcomes for low income school children; (2) To compare the effectiveness of school feeding programmes for socio-economically disadvantaged children and advantaged children; (3) To understand the process by which school feeding programs achieve (or fail to achieve) an impact on growth, cognitive development, and school performance”


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Quality assessment

The review has clear inclusion criteria and comprehensive search. However, some of the information for assessing the risk of bias is missing even though the text states that it is provided; and the method of weighting studies in the meta-analysis is not explicitly stated.

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