An annual report released today says too many of North Carolina's children start their lives too small and grow up too heavy.
The N-C Child Health Report Card also attributes several negative trends to a rising child poverty rate that topped 21 percent last year.
The report was compiled from federal and state data. It found
that 24-and a half percent of low-income children ages five through
eleven were identified as overweight in 2005 compared to
20-point-six percent five years earlier.
A failing grade also was given to the percentage of children
ages 12 through 18 who are overweight, which has increased from 26
percent to 27-point-three percent.
The percentage of low-birth infants rose from eight-point-eight
percent of newborns in 2000 to nine-point-three percent in 2005.
The percentage among nonwhite births reached 13-point-seven percent last year.
Low-birth is defined as those babies weighing five and a half
pounds or less.