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Health > Malnutrition prevalence > Height for age > % of children under 5: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Prevalence of child malnutrition (height for age) is the percentage of children under five whose height for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0 to 59 months. For children up to two years of age, height is measured by recumbent length. For older children, height is measured by stature while standing. The reference population adopted by the WHO in 1983, is based on children from the United States, who are assumed to be well nourished.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Burundi 56.8% 2000
2 Afghanistan 53.7% 2004
3 Yemen 53.1% 2003
4 Nepal 50.5% 2001
5 East Timor 49.4% 2003
6 Guatemala 49.3% 2002
7 Malawi 49% 2000
8 Madagascar 47.7% 2004
9 Zambia 46.8% 2002
10 Ethiopia 46.5% 2005
11 Lesotho 46.1% 2000
12 Rwanda 45.3% 2005
13 Angola 45.2% 2001
14 India 44.9% 1999
15 Cambodia 44.6% 2000
16 Sudan 43.3% 2000
17 Papua New Guinea 43.2% 1983
18 Bangladesh 43% 2004
19 Laos 42.4% 2000
20 Comoros 42.3% 2000
21 Indonesia 42.2% 1995
22 Mozambique 41% 2003
23 Chad 40.9% 2004
24 Bhutan 40% 1999
25 Niger 39.7% 2000
26 Liberia 39.5% 2000
27 Uganda 39.1% 2001
28 Central African Republic 38.9% 2000
29 Burkina Faso 38.7% 2003
30 North Korea 38.6% 2002
31 Nigeria 38.3% 2003
32 Mali 38.2% 2001
33 Democratic Republic of the Congo 38.1% 2001
34 Tanzania 37.7% 2005
35 Eritrea 37.6% 2002
36 Pakistan 36.8% 2001
37 Vietnam 36.5% 2000
38 Tajikistan 36.2% 2003
39 Albania 35.1% 2000
40 Mauritania 34.5% 2001
41 Sierra Leone 33.8% 2000
42 Burma 32.2% 2003
43 Philippines 32.1% 1998
44 Cameroon 31.7% 2004
45 Benin 30.7% 2001
46 Guinea-Bissau 30.5% 2000
47 Kenya 30.3% 2003
48 Swaziland 30.2% 2000
49 Ghana 29.9% 2003
50 Honduras 29.2% 2001
51 Sao Tome and Principe 28.9% 2000
52 Kiribati 28.3% 1985
53 Congo, Republic of the 27.5% 1987
54 Solomon Islands 27.3% 1989
55 Bolivia 26.7% 2004
56 Zimbabwe 26.5% 1999
57 Ecuador 26.4% 1998
58 Guinea 26.1% 1999
=59 Senegal 25.4% 2000
=59 Peru 25.4% 2000
61 Cote d'Ivoire 25.1% 1999
62 South Africa 24.9% 1999
=63 Maldives 24.8% 2001
=63 Kyrgyzstan 24.8% 1997
65 Mongolia 24.6% 2000
66 Namibia 23.6% 2000
67 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 23.5% 1996
68 Somalia 23.3% 2000
69 Botswana 23.1% 2000
70 Djibouti 23% 2002
71 Haiti 22.7% 2000
72 Turkmenistan 22.3% 2000
73 Iraq 22.1% 2000
74 Togo 21.7% 1998
75 Uzbekistan 21.1% 2002
76 Gabon 20.7% 2001
77 Nicaragua 20.2% 2001
78 Vanuatu 20.1% 1996
79 Saudi Arabia 19.9% 1996
80 The Gambia 19.2% 2000
81 Algeria 19.1% 2002
82 El Salvador 18.9% 2003
83 Syria 18.8% 2000
84 Panama 18.2% 1997
85 Morocco 18.1% 2004
86 Mexico 17.7% 1999
87 United Arab Emirates 16.7% 1995
88 Cape Verde 16.2% 1994
89 Turkey 16% 1998
=90 Malaysia 15.6% 1999
=90 Egypt 15.6% 2003
92 Iran 15.4% 1998
93 Libya 15.1% 1995
94 China 14.2% 2000
95 Paraguay 13.9% 1990
96 Sri Lanka 13.5% 2002
97 Thailand 13.4% 1995
98 Azerbaijan 13.3% 2001
99 Armenia 12.9% 2001
100 Venezuela 12.8% 2000
101 Argentina 12.4% 1996
102 Tunisia 12.3% 2000
103 Colombia 12% 2005
104 Georgia 11.7% 1999
105 Lebanon 11% 2004
106 Saint Lucia 10.8% 1976
=107 Russia 10.6% 2000
=107 Guyana 10.6% 2000
109 Brazil 10.5% 1996
110 Oman 10.4% 1998
111 Romania 10.1% 2002
112 Suriname 9.8% 2000
=113 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.7% 2000
=113 Bahrain 9.7% 1995
=113 Mauritius 9.7% 1995
=113 Kazakhstan 9.7% 1999
117 Uruguay 9.5% 1993
118 Dominican Republic 8.9% 2002
119 Jordan 8.5% 2002
120 Moldova 8.4% 2005
121 Qatar 8.1% 1995
122 Barbados 7% 1981
123 Antigua and Barbuda 6.7% 1981
124 Costa Rica 6.1% 1996
125 Japan 5.6% 1981
=126 Serbia and Montenegro 5.1% 2000
=126 Seychelles 5.1% 1988
128 Cuba 4.6% 2000
129 Jamaica 4.4% 1999
130 Samoa 4.2% 1999
131 Trinidad and Tobago 3.6% 2000
132 Kuwait 3.2% 1997
133 Hungary 2.9% 1988
=134 Fiji 2.7% 1993
=134 Italy 2.7% 1977
=134 Ukraine 2.7% 2002
137 United Kingdom 2.4% 1979
138 Singapore 2.2% 2000
139 Czech Republic 1.9% 1991
140 Chile 1.4% 2004
141 Tonga 1.3% 1986
142 United States 1.1% 2002
=143 Netherlands 0.8% 1980
=143 Croatia 0.8% 1996

Citation

"Countries Compared by Health > Malnutrition prevalence > Height for age > % of children under 5. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", World Development Indicators database. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Health/Malnutrition-prevalence/Height-for-age/%-of-children-under-5

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