Study: Children Born At Higher Altitudes Typically Smaller
CHILDREN LIVING AT 5,000 FEET OR MORE ABOVE SEA LEVEL TEND TO BE SMALLER AT BIRTH AND STAY SMALLER THAN THOSE BORN AT A LOWER ALTITUDE, ACCORDING TO A STUDY PUBLISHED MONDAY.
(CNN) – Children born at higher altitudes tend to be smaller than those at lower altitudes.
That’s the findings of a new study by the University of Addis Ababa and the International Food Policy Research Institute in Ethiopia.
The team found children residing more than 5,000 feet or more above sea level are not only smaller at birth, but also tend to stay smaller as they get older.
Researchers believe it may be a lack of oxygen during pregnancy and not diet or disease that contributes to the difference in size.