Study: Babies Born at High Altitudes Grow up to be Shorter

Children born at high altitudes are more likely to be shorter than those who aren’t, a new study has found. In results published in Monday’s JAMA Pediatrics, researchers have determined that children born at an altitude of 5,000 feet or higher are generally “born at shorter length and remained on a lower growth trajectory” than babies born at lower sea levels. The same children are also more likely to suffer from developmental disabilities, the study found.

Among the U.S. cities that are situated more than 5,000 feet above sea level are Butte, Montana; Cheyenne, Jackson and Laramie, Wyoming; Flagstaff, Arizona; Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico; Mammoth Lake, Big Bear Lake and South Lake Tahoe in California; and 37 cities in Colorado. Three Colorado cities — Aspen, Breckenridge and Telluride — as well as Santa Fe, New Mexico are more than 7,000 feet above sea level.

What could be the reason for this? Could this be just a coincidence?

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