Scottish Cities

Low birth weight, Scottish citiesLBW Scottish cities 2015

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There has been a marked reduction in the level of low birth weight births across Scotland, resulting in a 16% relative reduction from 6.1% (2000/01-2002/03) to 5.1% (2012/13-2014/15)

Glasgow’s level of low birth weight births still exceeds Scotland’s but a 22% relative reduction has resulted in Glasgow dropping from 29% above Scotland’s level during 2000/01-2002/03 to 21% above Scotland’s level during 2012/13-2014/15.


Scottish Morbidity Records for maternities (SMR02) have been used here to calculate the proportion of babies born with low birth weights (<2500g). The data have been aggregated into rolling groups of three fiscal years to produce annual averages. Only records relating to single deliveries have been used. Glasgow specific analyses were undertaken locally; the analysis by local authority has been provided by the Information Statistics Division (ISD).

Further explanation:
A birth weight of less than 2500g (approx 5lbs 8oz) is categorized as “low birth weight”. The figures presented are for singletons only, i.e. they exclude twins, triplets and other multiple births.

Low birth weight can be the end result of many different processes, including prematurity, poor nutrition, and exposure to toxins (such as nicotine) in the womb. Babies with low birth weight are more likely in adult life to have high blood pressure, coronary heart disease and non-insulin dependent diabetes.

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