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
Acute Malnutrition: A Community Fights Back
Inter Press Service - 11/12/2015 7:16:07 AM
The report also states that on an average, 75 per cent children under 5 years ... country’s performance in eradicating hunger has been slow. it is still home to 25 per cent of the world’s undernourished population, over a third of the world’s ...
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.
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/16/2012 6:48:33 AM
Almost as shocking as India's high prevalence of child malnutrition is the country's failure ... said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago.
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 Malnutrition Shame
The Indian Express - 9/16/2015 9:31:08 PM
The RSoC data also assumes significance as the world adopts the Sustainable Development ... the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under five years of age. The RSoC was conducted by the ministry of women and child ...
Children worst hit in poverty-stricken India
Rediff India Abroad - 8/8/2013 5:09:10 PM
India is home to one third of the world's poor ... one in three malnourished children worldwide are found in India. It also reveals other startling truths. While 42 per cent of children under five years of age are underweight, 58 per cent of children ...
East Africa: Burundi Children Malnourished
AllAfrica - 11/9/2015 10:47:16 AM
Bujumbura — Some 67% of the Burundi population lives below the poverty line, while 49% of children below five years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition ... the rate of chronic malnutrition for children under five by 2017. Burundi has a population ...
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.
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 to meet poverty reduction goal by 2015: UN Report
The Economic Times - 7/5/2013 8:05:30 PM
"This means that 700 million fewer people are now living in conditions of extreme poverty than was the case twenty years ... of underweight children in 2011 was the highest in Southern Asia among all regions with 31 per cent of children under age five ...
Food insecurity is a reality for millions of South Africans living in informal settlements
THE CONVERSATION - 10/12/2015 12:21:55 AM
Our research found that the levels of food security remains significantly high in the country ... underweight children and infants, with just over 24% recorded between 2010 and 2012. Its child mortality rate is also high. 41 children under the age of five ...
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 ...
Himachal Pradesh has Effectively Balanced Economic Growth with Social Inclusion, says New World Bank Report
The World Bank - 1/28/2015 10:41:40 AM
Educational attainment in Himachal Pradesh is among the best in the country; poverty headcount is nearly one-third of the national average; life expectancy is 3.4 years longer ... one-third of children under age five in the state were underweight in ...
There Are 200 Million Fewer Hungry People Than 25 Years Ago
NPR News - 6/1/2015 9:50:39 PM
The improvement is especially impressive because the world ... children under 5, accounting for 45 percent of child mortality within that age group. Those who survive suffer a lack of physical and mental development. Roughly 100 million are 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 ...