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Low birth weight

  • A baby born at a low birth weight is one who weighs less than 2,500 grams (5½ pounds or less).
  • Low birth weight contributes to many long-term health and behavioral risks, including diabetes and obesity, and is associated with higher rates of infant death.
  • Colorado has one of the highest low birth weight rates in the nation.
    • In 2012, 8.8 percent of Colorado babies were born at a low birth weight.
    • The Healthy People 2020 goal for the nation is 7.8 percent.