Kids Count Report Cites Rise In Underweight Baby Births

June 12, 2008

According to a new report released by Kids Count, the rate of underweight babies being born in the U.S. has hit a record high..New York (ChattahBox) – According to a new report released by Kids Count, the rate of underweight babies being born in the U.S. has hit a record high.

Babies who are born underweight are less than 5.5 pounds.

These babies face an increased risk of death during infancy, long-term disabilities, etc.

Kids Count cited this increase, as well as a rise in children living with parents who have no jobs, children in poverty, and children with single-parents.

All is not bad though as the child death rate has dropped, as did the teen death rate and birth rate.

New Hampshire, Minnessota, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Utah topped the list with the best scores.

At the bottom was Mississippi, New Mexico, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana, who were among the worst.


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