Heavier birth weight tied to better academic performance, study finds

December 2, 2014 2:37 PM

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Heavier birth weight tied to better academic performance, study finds

Babies who weigh more at birth perform better in elementary and middle school than infants with lower birth weights, suggests research published in the Dec. 14 issue of the journal American Economic Review.

The study, led by researchers at Northwestern University, explores whether a fetus may benefit from a longer stay in the mother’s womb.

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