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Why is birth weight plotted on a bell curve?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Statistics
Most human development parameters exist with a range of data over the whole population, and a bell curve is usually the shape of such data.
So plotting birth weight will produce, for a given age, a range of weight, height, head size, length, etc. A bell curve.

In brief: Statistics
Most human development parameters exist with a range of data over the whole population, and a bell curve is usually the shape of such data.
So plotting birth weight will produce, for a given age, a range of weight, height, head size, length, etc. A bell curve.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Robert Benner
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Normal distribution
A bell-shaped curve, also called a normal distribution, shows the variation of a measured value around a mean, or average.
In the US, the average baby weighs about 7 1/2 pounds. Birth weights follow this pattern with most babies weighing close to the mean. This means that there are lots of babies between 6 and 8 pounds but relatively fewer 4 and 10 pounders.

In brief: Normal distribution
A bell-shaped curve, also called a normal distribution, shows the variation of a measured value around a mean, or average.
In the US, the average baby weighs about 7 1/2 pounds. Birth weights follow this pattern with most babies weighing close to the mean. This means that there are lots of babies between 6 and 8 pounds but relatively fewer 4 and 10 pounders.
Dr. Robert Benner
Dr. Robert Benner
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