Dave Hill’s Observer article about the Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV) left out the one vital word “viability”.
The fewer the affordable homes the better the profit for Haringey council and Lend Lease and the worse the health of impoverished mothers and their babies. The HDV is a very, very bad housing policy
A comment from Professor Michael Crawford on low birthweight.
1950 it was 6% or there abouts across the country and that was not good. Scandinavians run around 3%.
It is a viciously sad as it will be the tip of an iceberg which breeds ill-health and especially mental ill-health. It is even sadder when you reckon we know what to do about it and prevent low birthweight. It would be interesting to know what proprtion were born below 3,000g. That is the point at which mortality and morbidity noticeably begins to climb and some consider it a better marker. The lowest region for disorder is 3,500-4,500. I will bet that more than 50% in that region are born below 3,000g. in our studies poor, maternal nutritional status as measured by 8 key nutrients, goes sep wise downwards from 3,200g, Above that there is no desirableness relationship[ between nutrition and birthweight. Below it there is a straight line down! Moreover Wendy Doyle and colleagues showed that the relationahsip was independent of social class, income, smoking or ethnicity. If a woman had a nutrient intake comfortable with the present recommendations she produced a healthy birth weight baby. If her nutrition was lacking then whether or not she was a rich WASP and non smoker, her risk of a low birthweight baby is high! By contrast, a low income Hackney mother but one who had learnt about the significance of nutrition, (DOUBTLESS FROM HER OWN MOTHER) met the requirements, then she would have a healthy birthweight.
Much of the low birthweight will be babies born preterm. That is before the brain has finished its prenatal developmental growth thrust. Tragic.
Visiting Professor Michael A Crawford, PhD, FRSB, FRCPath,
Surgery and Cancer,
Imperial College, London,
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Campus, Room H 3,34
369 Fulham Road, London SW10 9NH,
Mobile 07725250541Tel 02033157899
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