Low birth weight babies are defined by the CDC as, "babies that are born
with a birth weight of less than 2,500 grams". Low birth weight is a
significant factor involved in infant deaths. Those babies who survive
are at increased risk for health problems ranging from
neurodevelopmental disabilities to respiratory disorders.
Total LBW (2010-2013)
The percent of low birth weight babies has remained fairly steady from 2005 to 2009.
The Healthy People 2020 (National) target for low birth weight babies is 7.8%.
LBW by Race/Ethnicity (2010-2013)
African American, Non-Hispanics had the highest percent of low birth weight babies from 2010-2013.
The Healthy People 2020 (National) target for low birth weight babies is 7.8%