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Low birth weight in South Asian babies in Britain: time to reduce the inequalities.

Authors
  • Oldroyd, John
Type
Published Article
Journal
Fukushima journal of medical science
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2005
Volume
51
Issue
1
Pages
1–10
Identifiers
PMID: 16167668
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Babies born in Britain to women of South Asian ethnic origin are lighter on average than the offspring of women of European origin. The causes have been incompletely elucidated but nutritional factors, low socioeconomic status and maternal pre-pregnancy weight have been implicated. This health inequality has received little policy prioritization in Britain. As further research clarifies reasons for this differential, appropriately targeted preventive strategies need to be implemented.

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