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, 2014See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
Millions at risk as severe drought hits Ethiopia
Al JAZEERA - 9/5/2015 10:59:56 AM
Around 4.5 million Ethiopians could be in need of food aid because of a drought in the country ... children under 5 years of age in Ethiopia are severely chronically malnourished, or stunted, and nearly 28 percent are underweight, according to the CIA ...
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/11/2009 11:56:31 PM
In India ... 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.
South Sudan 'most fragile state' in world
BBC - 6/25/2014 11:55:53 PM
The world's newest country, South Sudan, has topped the list of fragile ... 64% of children who begin primary school reach the last grade. Image caption Almost 28% of children under the age of five in South Sudan are moderately or severely underweight.
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
WHO - 9/11/2013 8:43:34 AM
Globally, the number of deaths of children under 5 years of age fell from 12.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013. In developing countries, the percentage of underweight ... the world met the United Nations Millennium Development Goals target on ...
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 ...
Gender inequality and the Asian enigma of malnutrition
Live Mint - 3/3/2015 10:44:18 AM
With nearly one in three children in the country under-nourished ... Coffey estimates that 42.2% of Indian women are underweight when they begin pregnancy compared with 16.5% of African women. “In both regions, women gain little weight during pregnancy ...
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 ...
Malnutrition kills over 3 million children annually
Middle East Online - 6/12/2014 3:28:45 PM
"Malnutrition is responsible for about half of all child deaths under five years of age, causing over ... Some 162 million children are left stunted by chronic malnutrition and 99 million children are underweight across the world, it added.
Investing in Agriculture in Developing Countries: The Whole World Says Yes, But the WTO Says No
Alter Net - 3/31/2015 4:16:10 PM
Fortunately, we now have the best chance in 20 years of changing ... the 99 million children under age five who are undernourished and underweight. It won’t solve global hunger; but it will remove key WTO obstacles to developing countries’ efforts ...
What is undernutrition?
UNICEF - 5/3/2006 11:55:05 PM
Poor feeding of infants and young children ... for underweight prevalence are based on the most recent data available to UNICEF for years between 1996 and 2005 from 110 countries, covering 98 per cent of the developing world’s under-five population.
Bloomberg’s Obesity Claim
Fact Check - 3/29/2013 5:44:02 PM
On March 1, he added that this has “come about in the last 20 years.” Bloomberg said on “The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike” on New York radio station WOR 710 AM: “For the first time in the history of the world ... kids under the age of 5 ...
World hunger falls to under 800 million, eradication is next goal
fao.org - 5/27/2015 6:21:50 PM
27 May 2015, Rome - The number of hungry people in the world has dropped to 795 million ... has dropped from 14.7 percent to 5.5 percent since 1990, while the share of underweight children (below 5 years of age) also declined sharply.
India is on course to miss most of the UN’s Millenium Development Goals by 2015
Quartz - 7/16/2014 11:59:37 PM
But the country is likely to fail when it comes to achieving the second target: extreme hunger. India is supposed to reduce the percentage of underweight children below 3 years of age ... deaths of children under the age of 5 in the world in 2012, with ...
India to meet poverty reduction goal by 2015: UN Report
The Economic Times - 7/5/2013 8:05:30 PM
NEW DELHI: Despite widespread poverty in the country ... the report said number of underweight children in 2011 was the highest in Southern Asia among all regions with 31 per cent of children under age five, or 57 million children, underweight.
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 ...