Low birthweight births (Less Than 2500 Grams), percent of live births

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Why This Indicator Matters

Low birthweight is a major cause of infant mortality and increases an infant's chances for dying in infancy. Preterm delivery underlies most low birthweight births. Lifestyle behaviors - such as cigarette smoking, insufficient weight gain or nutritional intake during pregnancy and use of other drugs - are known risk factors. Socioeconomic disadvantage is also closely related to low birthweight.

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