Researchers showed that while family planning programmes have sometimes been pitched as ways to moderate population growth and minimise pressure on resource-strapped nations, they have real health impacts on individuals.
"Our new research shows that being born into a small family has health benefits that last throughout the course of your entire life", said Saifuddin Ahmed from Johns Hopkins  Bloomberg School of Public Health in US.

Researchers found that in families considered small (four or fewer children), children have a life expectancy that is three years longer than children in larger families (five or more children) even controlling for infant mortality.

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