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
5 Facts About Global Hunger
Acton Institute Power Blog - 10/8/2015 6:41:52 PM
Here are five facts you should know about one of the world ... age of five are attributable to undernutrition. “Nutritional deficiencies” are responsible for over 50 percent of years lived with disability in children age four and under. Underweight ...
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.
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
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.
Urban children living in slums vulnerable to variety of risks: report
The Indian Express - 7/17/2015 9:39:03 PM
More than eight million children under 6 live in approximately 49,000 slums across India and a new report ‘Forgotten voices- the world of urban children ... over 32 per cent children under five years of age are underweight and 39.6 percent are stunted.
Tanzania: More Efforts Needed to Fight Malnutrition
AllAfrica - 9/7/2015 7:29:58 AM
THE results of a National Nutrition Survey released in Tanzania recently show that between 2010 and 2014, chronic malnutrition - stunting or low height for age - among children under five in the country fell ... of the first three years of the National ...
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 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
"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 ...
South Sudan's unhappy birthday
BBC - 7/9/2014 8:51:40 AM
Image caption Hopes were high when the new country was born three years ... 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.
Calorie intake of the rural poor has drastically fallen, says Planning Commission report
India Today - 10/22/2011 6:08:21 AM
India could well be one of the two fastest growing economies of the world. But for the poor ... It based on the proportion of underweight children under the age of five years and the mortality rate of children under the age of five years.
Hunger in India: 'The real cause is lack of political will'
The Guardian - 5/18/2014 11:58:00 PM
India now has worse rates of malnutrition than sub-Saharan Africa: 43.5% of children under five are underweight and India ranks below Sudan and Zimbabwe in the Global Hunger ... is that a country desperate to take its place at the world's top table is ...
There Are 200 Million Fewer Hungry People Than 25 Years Ago
NPR News - 6/1/2015 5:44:17 AM
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 ...
Making malnutrition history - EU announces €3.5 billion for nutrition
europa.eu - 6/6/2013 11:53:10 PM
To tackle this, EU has stepped up to the forefront of global efforts to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the world. Over the next ten years ... children under 5 by 2025. Stunted children are those who are chronically underweight or small for their ...