Does a Higher Birth Weight = Better Academic Performance?
Can birth weight affect your child's future academic performance? A new large-scale study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University says yes.
Researchers merged birth data and school records of all children born in Florida between 1992 and 2002 -- that's more than 1.3 million kids -- to reach these conclusions. However, in an article in The New York Times, study co-author David N. Figlio said this is most likely the first of many more studies that will be conducted on this subject, mentioning that weight may just be "a proxy for other aspects of fetal health that more time in the womb would not improve."
It's also important to note that babies born at a higher birth weight can also often be, depending on their weight, at an increased risk for a number of other health complications. And birth weight is definitely not the end all, be all for your child's success in school—take a look at these 15 ways you can boost your child's success in school.
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