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Troubling rise in underweight babies in U.S.

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posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 08:54 AM
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Troubling rise in underweight babies in U.S.


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The percentage of underweight babies born in the U.S. has increased to its highest rate in 40 years, according to a new report that also documents a recent rise in the number of children living in poverty.

The data on low birth weights is worrisome because such babies — those born at less than 5.5 pounds — are at greater risk of dying in infancy or experiencing long-term disabilities.
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posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 08:54 AM
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This rise does sound troubling. It means something in the last few years has been happening or something has not been happening. The report goes on to say that there is an increase in older women having children, and using fertility drugs. It also lists economic reasons, and a rise in poverty. Regardless of the real reasons rates this high have not been seen since 1968.

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posted on Jun, 12 2008 @ 09:48 AM
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Overproduction of key crops creates food products that lack the vitamins/minerals that they used to. This in time could cause deficiencies in our bodies. In a pregnant woman where this is presumably more important could be a probable cause in my mind it takes a village of nutrients to raise a child. Good thing the FDA wants to ban vitamins and other supplements... just kidding, this is analogous to dying of thirst while drinking gallons of water.



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