Baby Weight and Lifetime Health

Red State Moron wrote about fetal weight and its correlation with long term chronic illness.

I was 21+ inches long and weighed 6 pounds. I’d think that’s a low birth weight. I’m 40+ and I don’t have type 2 diabetes (and if I get it, it will be because I love bread and pasta too much), high cholesterol (mine is very low), osteoporosis (I’ve been checked. I’m doing great there.), and my blood pressure is always low (even when I’m under stress). So I guess I’m not a low birth weight? I don’t know what they are considering low birth weight.

I know a friend had quintuplets and they were certainly low birth weight. And they’re still little, but they’ve had more illnesses a year than most people get in their lifetimes. So maybe they’re talking preemie folks and not regular low birth weight.

The article also mentions that women who are under or overweight will cause problems for their babies. I wonder what weight they are basing that on. Is that the weight before the woman got pregnant? In that case, my kids are doing great. Is it the weight the woman was while pregnant? In that case, my kids are in big trouble. And how much under or over weight can the person be before we see effects on the baby?

I’m not saying that pregnant women especially shouldn’t eat healthily.

I just wonder if there is really a correlation. The article he is quoting talks about a wartime famine influencing the rate of coronary heart disease. We didn’t have a wartime famine here, but I think the people in that age range in our country are in just as bad a shape. I mean, heart disease is one of the main killers in this country.

According to the CDC those with heart disease who aren’t institutionalized is 11.1%.

About 950,000 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each year, which amounts to one death every 33 seconds.
Although heart disease and stroke are often thought to affect men and older people primarily, it is also a major killer of women and people in the prime of life.
Looking at only deaths due to heart disease or stroke, however, understates the health effects of these two conditions:

About 61 million Americans (almost one-fourth of the population) have some form of cardiovascular disease.
Coronary heart disease is a leading cause of premature, permanent disability among working adults.
Stroke alone accounts for the disability of more than 1 million Americans.
Almost 6 million hospitalizations each year are due to cardiovascular disease.
This is from here on the CDC’s pages.

I don’t know. I’m not a doctor. I’m just thinking aloud.