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Low Birth Weight

A baby born at a low birth weight is one who weighs less than 2,500 grams (5 lb. 8 oz. 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 birthweight rates in the nation. In 2012, 8.8 percent of babies were born at a low birth weight in Colorado. The Healthy People 2020 goal for the nation is 7.8 percent.