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Health > Nutrition Stats: compare key data on Saudi Arabia & United States

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  • % of under-fives suffering from stunting moderate & severe: Health - Nutrition - % of under-fives (1995-2002) suffering from: stunting moderate & severe
  • % of under-fives suffering from underweight moderate & severe: Health - Nutrition - % of under-fives (1995-2002) suffering from: underweight moderate & severe
  • % of under-fives suffering from wasting moderate & severe: Health - Nutrition - % of under-fives (1995-2002) suffering from: wasting moderate & severe
  • Depth of hunger > Kilocalories per person per day: Depth of hunger or the intensity of food deprivation, indicates how much food-deprived people fall short of minimum food needs in terms of dietary energy. The food deficit, in kilocalories per person per day, is measured by comparing the average amount of dietary energy that undernourished people get from the foods they eat with the minimum amount of dietary energy they need to maintain body weight and undertake light activity. The depth of hunger is low when it is less than 200 kilocalories per person per day, and high when it is higher than 300 kilocalories per person per day."
  • Low-birthweight babies > % of births: Low-birthweight babies are newborns weighing less than 2,500 grams, with the measurement taken within the first hours of life, before significant postnatal weight loss has occurred."
  • Malnutrition prevalence > Height for age > % of children under 5: Prevalence of child malnutrition is the percentage of children under age 5 whose height for age (stunting) is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. For children up to two years old height is measured by recumbent length. For older children height is measured by stature while standing. The data are based on the WHO's new child growth standards released in 2006.
  • Prevalence of overweight > % of children under 5: Prevalence of overweight children is the percentage of children under age 5 whose weight for height is more than two standard deviations above the median for the international reference population of the corresponding age as established by the WHO's new child growth standards released in 2006.
  • Prevalence of undernourishment > % of population: Population below minimum level of dietary energy consumption (also referred to as prevalence of undernourishment) shows the percentage of the population whose food intake is insufficient to meet dietary energy requirements continuously. Data showing as 2.5 signifies a prevalence of undernourishment below 2.5%.
STAT Saudi Arabia United States HISTORY
% of under-fives suffering from stunting moderate & severe 20
Ranked 76th. 10 times more than United States
2
Ranked 130th.
% of under-fives suffering from underweight moderate & severe 14
Ranked 72nd. 14 times more than United States
1
Ranked 136th.
% of under-fives suffering from wasting moderate & severe 11
Ranked 29th. 11 times more than United States
1
Ranked 122nd.
Depth of hunger > Kilocalories per person per day 130
Ranked 124th. 30% more than United States
100
Ranked 147th.

Low-birthweight babies > % of births 11%
Ranked 6th. 41% more than United States
7.8%
Ranked 12th.

Malnutrition prevalence > Height for age > % of children under 5 9.3%
Ranked 20th. 2 times more than United States
3.9%
Ranked 16th.

Prevalence of overweight > % of children under 5 6.1%
Ranked 12th.
8%
Ranked 9th. 31% more than Saudi Arabia

Prevalence of undernourishment > % of population 5%
Ranked 130th. The same as United States
5%
Ranked 116th.

SOURCES: UNICEF; Food and Agriculture Organisation, Food Security Statistics (http://www.fao.org/economic/ess/food-security-statistics/en/).; UNICEF, State of the World's Children, Childinfo, and Demographic and Health Surveys by Macro International.; World Health Organisation, Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition.; Food and Agriculture Organisation (http://www.fao.org/faostat/foodsecurity/index_en.htm).

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