Low birth weight among infants, by race/ethnicity, 1985-2002*
(line graph): 2002: Non-Hispanic White, 6.9%; non-Hispanic Black,
13.4%; Hispanic, 6.5%; Asian/Pacific Islander, 7.8%; American Indian/Alaska
Native, 7.2%. Rates of low birth weight have remained steady among
Blacks and Hispanics, while they have increased slightly among all
other racial/ethnic groups.
*1985-1988 data are based on the race of the child, while later
data are based on the race of the mother.
Source: Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Sutton PD, Ventura SJ, Menacker
F, Munson ML. Births: Final Data for 2002. National Vital Statistics
Reports, Vol. 52, No. 10. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health