Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
Costs of ignoring hunger
Kashmir Times - 10/21/2014 7:45:35 AM
In this phase, the proportion of underweight children in the age group 0-3 years declined only marginally from ... 55 million out of 102 million underweight children under five in the world - or 54 per cent of the global total - live in India.
The Role of Fish in the First 1,000 Days in Zambia
The Fish Site - 10/20/2014 7:46:46 AM
rates of malnutrition in children under five years are very high, with stunting, wasting and underweight all falling well above the thresholds recommended by the World Health Organization (ibid.). The 2009 National Nutrition Surveillance System (NNSS ...
5 Inspirational Health Trends That Are Happening Around The World
The Business Insider - 5/21/2014 4:44:57 PM
World Health Statistics 2014Years gained in life expectancy 1990–2012 2. Fewer children are dying In 1990, about 35,000 children under the age of five were dying every day. Over the last twenty years, childhood mortality has almost been cut in half.
Infant mortality rate India's enduring shame
Deccan Herald - 10/4/2009 11:54:24 PM
Two million children under five years of age die—one every 15 seconds—each year in India, also the highest anywhere in the world, it said ... For instance, the infant mortality rate in Orissa is 96 per 1,000 live births, while in Kerala it is only ...
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/11/2009 11:56:31 PM
Malnutrition ... in recent years, including Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here in the capital, which has the highest per-capita income in the country, 42.2 percent of children under 5 are stunted, or too short for their age, and 26 percent are underweight.
Helping India Combat Persistently High Rates of Malnutrition
The World Bank - 5/13/2013 12:47:17 PM
Although India has seen strong economic growth over the past 20 years, malnutrition in children under five years of age continues to be among the highest in the world. Rates of malnutrition ... 60 million - are underweight, about 45% are stunted (too ...
India is on course to miss most of the UN’s Millenium Development Goals by 2015
Quartz - 7/16/2014 11:59:37 PM
Across eight categories, a layered system of goals was set for each country. Because the deadline was 15 years away ... India had the highest number of deaths of children under the age of 5 in the world in 2012, with 1.4 million children dying before ...
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/16/2012 6:48:33 AM
A government-supported survey last month said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago ... "Not just in India, but in countries around the world, we know that ...
Malnutrition causes 45 per cent of deaths of under-five children: report
The Hindu - 6/7/2013 12:43:17 AM
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly 45 per cent of deaths in children under-five, according to ... and 100 million children were underweight. Over 90 per cent of these were in Asia or Africa, with Africa the only major world region where the number ...
India's child malnutrition puzzle
The Economic Times - 4/29/2011 4:36:26 AM
India is home to about a third of the world's underweight and stunted children under the age of 5. A child under 5 is almost twice as ... of severe underweight and stunting of children in the country. Poverty is one obvious underlying cause.
Lingering problem found in gut microbe communities of malnourished children
Washington University in Stlouis - 6/4/2014 4:49:49 PM
Severe acute malnutrition affects about 20 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization ... in a developing country like Bangladesh, where more than half a million children under 5 years of age suffer from severe acute ...
WHO issues guidance on emerging double threat of childhood obesity and undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries
WHO - 6/4/2013 11:55:32 PM
“While it is vital to maintain efforts to reduce undernutrition, the world needs to do much more to ... Worldwide, more than 100 million children under five years of age are underweight; 165 million are stunted i.e. have a low height for their age ...
New survey shows rates of child malnutrition are decreasing in Haiti
UNICEF - 6/18/2012 7:03:08 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 18 June 2012 – In March, slightly more than two years after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, UNICEF and the World Food Programme ... nutritional status of children under age 5 and mortality rate of the population.
AFGHANISTAN: Fifth least developed country in the world
IRIN - 11/17/2007 11:53:06 PM
In Afghanistan’s first-ever human development report, which was released in 2004, the country was ranked 173rd and was widely expected to improve its human development indicators. Afghans live almost nine years ... children under five are underweight ...
Bloomberg’s Obesity Claim
Fact Check - 3/29/2013 5:44:02 PM
He would be correct to say that this shift has occurred sometime in about the last 20 years. Obesity has become more of an issue around the world at the same time that progress has been made in fighting childhood underweight ... kids under the age of 5 ...