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

DEFINITION: Prevalence of child malnutrition (weight for age) is the percentage of children under five whose weight for age is more than two standard deviations below the median reference standard for their age as established by the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Figures are based on children under age three, four, and five years of age, depending on the country.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Nepal 48.3% 2001
2 Bangladesh 47.5% 2004
3 India 46.7% 1999
4 East Timor 45.8% 2003
5 Yemen 45.6% 2003
6 Burundi 45.1% 2000
7 Madagascar 41.9% 2004
8 Sudan 40.7% 2000
9 Laos 40.4% 2000
10 Niger 40.1% 2000
11 Eritrea 39.6% 2002
12 Afghanistan 39.3% 2004
13 Ethiopia 38.4% 2005
14 Pakistan 37.8% 2002
15 Burkina Faso 37.7% 2003
16 Chad 36.7% 2004
17 Cambodia 36% 2005
18 Mali 33.2% 2001
19 Guinea 32.7% 2000
=20 Mauritania 31.8% 2001
=20 Burma 31.8% 2003
22 Democratic Republic of the Congo 31% 2001
23 Angola 30.5% 2001
24 Maldives 30.2% 2001
25 Benin 30% 2005
26 Papua New Guinea 29.9% 1983
27 Sri Lanka 29.4% 2002
28 Nigeria 28.7% 2003
29 Vietnam 28.4% 2003
30 Indonesia 28.2% 2003
31 Philippines 27.6% 2003
32 Sierra Leone 27.2% 2000
33 Djibouti 26.8% 2002
34 Liberia 26.5% 2000
35 Somalia 25.8% 2000
36 Comoros 25.4% 2000
37 Togo 25.1% 1998
38 Guinea-Bissau 25% 2000
39 Central African Republic 24.3% 2000
40 Namibia 24% 2000
41 North Korea 23.9% 2004
42 Mozambique 23.7% 2003
43 Zambia 23% 2003
44 Uganda 22.9% 2001
=45 Senegal 22.7% 2000
=45 Guatemala 22.7% 2002
47 Rwanda 22.5% 2005
48 Ghana 22.1% 2003
49 Malawi 21.9% 2002
50 Tanzania 21.8% 2005
51 Solomon Islands 21.1% 1997
52 Kenya 19.9% 2003
53 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 19.5% 1996
54 Bhutan 18.7% 1999
55 Equatorial Guinea 18.6% 2000
56 Cameroon 18.1% 2004
57 Lesotho 18% 2000
58 Oman 17.8% 1998
59 Thailand 17.6% 1995
=60 The Gambia 17.2% 2000
=60 Cote d'Ivoire 17.2% 2004
=60 Haiti 17.2% 2000
63 Honduras 16.6% 2001
64 Iraq 15.9% 2000
65 Mauritius 14.9% 1995
66 Saudi Arabia 14.3% 1996
67 Albania 14% 2002
68 Saint Lucia 13.8% 1976
69 Guyana 13.6% 2000
70 Cape Verde 13.5% 1994
71 Suriname 13.2% 2000
=72 Congo, Republic of the 13% 1999
=72 Zimbabwe 13% 1999
=74 Sao Tome and Principe 12.9% 2000
=74 Kiribati 12.9% 1985
76 Mongolia 12.7% 2000
77 Botswana 12.5% 2000
78 Vanuatu 12.1% 1996
79 Turkmenistan 12% 2000
80 Gabon 11.9% 2001
81 Ecuador 11.6% 2000
82 South Africa 11.5% 1999
83 Iran 10.9% 1998
84 Malaysia 10.6% 2003
85 Algeria 10.4% 2002
=86 Swaziland 10.3% 2000
=86 El Salvador 10.3% 2003
88 Morocco 10.2% 2004
89 Nicaragua 9.6% 2001
90 Antigua and Barbuda 9.5% 1981
91 Bahrain 8.7% 1995
92 Egypt 8.6% 2003
93 Panama 8.1% 1997
=94 Uzbekistan 7.9% 2002
=94 Fiji 7.9% 1993
96 China 7.8% 2002
97 Bolivia 7.6% 2004
98 Mexico 7.5% 1999
99 Peru 7.1% 2000
=100 Colombia 7% 2005
=100 United Arab Emirates 7% 1996
102 Syria 6.9% 2000
103 Azerbaijan 6.8% 2001
104 Kyrgyzstan 6.7% 2004
105 Belize 6.2% 1992
=106 Barbados 5.9% 1981
=106 Trinidad and Tobago 5.9% 2000
=108 Brazil 5.7% 1996
=108 Seychelles 5.7% 1988
=110 Qatar 5.5% 1995
=110 Russia 5.5% 2000
112 Argentina 5.4% 1996
113 Dominican Republic 5.3% 2002
114 Costa Rica 5.1% 1996
115 Libya 4.7% 1995
116 Paraguay 4.6% 2001
117 Uruguay 4.5% 1995
=118 Venezuela 4.4% 2000
=118 Jordan 4.4% 2002
120 Moldova 4.3% 2005
121 Kazakhstan 4.2% 1999
122 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.1% 2000
123 Tunisia 4% 2000
=124 Turkey 3.9% 2003
=124 Lebanon 3.9% 2004
=124 Cuba 3.9% 2000
127 Japan 3.7% 1981
128 Jamaica 3.6% 2002
129 Singapore 3.4% 2000
130 Romania 3.2% 2002
131 Georgia 3.1% 1999
132 Armenia 2.6% 2001
133 Hungary 2.2% 1988
134 United Kingdom 2.1% 1979
=135 Serbia and Montenegro 1.9% 2000
=135 Samoa 1.9% 1999
137 Kuwait 1.7% 1997
138 United States 1.6% 2002
139 Italy 1.5% 1977
=140 Czech Republic 1% 1991
=140 Ukraine 1% 2002
=142 Netherlands 0.7% 1980
=142 Chile 0.7% 2004
144 Croatia 0.6% 1996

Citation

"Countries Compared by Health > Malnutrition prevalence > Weight 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/Weight-for-age/%-of-children-under-5

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