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This is unacceptable in one of the richest countries in the world.
- Low birthweight is the strongest, single predictor of cerebral palsy, cognitive and or behavioural disorders at school age, chronic ill health and subsequent risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke in adults.
- Low birthweight breeds poverty in a cycle of deprivation. Poverty breeds anti-social behaviour and crime.