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
After polio, eradicating measles may come next
Hindustan Times - 4/19/2014 6:27:20 PM
Measles tops the list of diseases that can be stamped out from the world ... Children missing vaccination the reason why measles continues to kill 1.58 lakh children each year, mostly in poor countries. Almost all are under the age of 5, which means ...
A Quarter of the World’s Children Seriously Underweight
UNICEF - 5/1/2006 11:57:27 PM
NEW YORK, 2 May 2006 - More than one quarter of all children under the age ... world is still far off track. Despite progress in some countries, developing-world averages for underweight children have dropped just five percentage points in the last 15 years.
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/12/2009 11:55:19 PM
Malnutrition makes children ... 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.
Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children
New York Times - 8/28/2013 1:53:39 PM
Little has changed in the past 20 years. In July this year, 12 children under the age of 6 ... the children under 5 in 100 districts of the country that have historically fared poorly on child nutrition indicators, 42 percent are underweight.
Infant mortality rate India's enduring shame
Deccan Herald - 4/16/2014 11:53:01 PM
The economic boom being experienced by India masks a shameful failure to control a shocking rate of infant deaths among the country’s poorest ... poorest countries in the world. Two million children under five years of age die—one every 15 seconds ...
Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition
theguardian.com - 1/26/2014 2:22:10 PM
"After the age of two years, stunting is ... A lack of iodine is the world's leading cause of preventable mental impairment, and a lack of vitamin A hobbles the immune system, pushing up death rates among children under five. So severe is the damage ...
Nigeria: The Country Under Siege of Malnutrition - A Time to Act
AllAfrica - 12/12/2011 9:25:34 AM
Halima Ahmed was married at the age of 16. She had her first child at 18 and two years after ... that about 40 per cent of Nigerian children under five are stunted, nine per cent are wasted and 25 per cent are underweight. Micronutrient deficiencies ...
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/15/2012 11:53:22 PM
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 ... has also catapulted the country onto the world stage, boosting its ...
India's child malnutrition puzzle
The Economic Times - 4/28/2011 11:57:15 PM
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.
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 ...
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 ...
Skinny celebrities drive one in five 11-year-olds to diet
Daily Telegraph - 4/21/2009 1:20:54 PM
Five ... girls under the age of 15 have spoken to other people in internet forums and chat rooms about dieting. Ellie Puddle added: "Parents often assume that children will transfer the guidelines and life-skills you provide for them in the real world ...
Iraq Sanctions Kill Children, U.N. Reports
New York Times - 11/30/1995 11:53:08 PM
As many as 576,000 Iraqi children may have died since the end of the Persian Gulf war because of economic sanctions imposed by the Security Council, according to two scientists who surveyed the country ... children under 10 years of age in 25 neighborhoods ...
The Terrible Plight of Afghan Children
ABC News - 4/20/2008 11:55:24 PM
The two-year ... five children will not live beyond the age of five, according to official statistics. Thirty-nine percent of children under five are malnourished due to poverty and 54 percent of Afghan children are stunted and 40 percent are underweight ...