Nutrition and the brain
The adult brain uses around 20 percent of an average person’s resting metabolic rate, and for children it is even more. The amount of energy their brains use increases from birth until just before puberty, reaching a peak of around 43 percent.1 Therefore, getting sufficient nutrition to power the growing brain’s energy use is important in infancy and childhood.
- https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/growth-curve/hungry-brain-slurps-kid%E2%80%99s-energy. Accessed December 2014.