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
Malnutrition is India's silent emergency: Report
India Times - 8/7/2013 11:58:23 PM
are wasted in the country, which indicates that one out of every five children in India is wasted, 43% of children under five years of age are underweight for their age. Describing malnutrition as India's silent emergency, the World Bank report ...
Audrey Hepburn's spirit still heals the world's children
usatoday30.usatoday.com - 12/22/2003 11:54:55 PM
While Audrey Hepburn won her first Academy Award for Roman Holiday ... And like his mother, he also believes that the holidays are about peace on earth and goodwill toward each other. "People who are poor and starving are not ugly and we should ...
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.
Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children
New York Times - 8/28/2013 1:53:39 PM
BANDRICHIWADI, India — On the morning of July 23, Shakuntala Kirkire, a housewife in Bandrachiwadi village in the western state of Maharashtra, carried her 10-month-old daughter in her arms and walked in rain down the slope of a hill on which ...
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/12/2009 11:55:19 PM
NEW DELHI — Small, sick, listless children have long been India’s scourge — “a national ... Except that at one nursery — known in Hindi as an anganwadi — the teacher was a no-show. At another, there were no children; instead, a ...
22% of mothers under 18: Unicef report
India Times - 2/29/2012 8:59:17 PM
Latest data in the "State of the World's Children report 2012 ... have a comprehensive knowledge of HIV. Almost 33% of children under five years in urban India and 46% in rural India are underweight. Around two in four people in urban India ...
165 Million Children 'Stunted': UN Report
The Huffington Post - 4/15/2013 4:55:14 PM
DUBLIN — The United Nations Children's Fund says more than a quarter of children under the age of 5 ... the world most needed attention, Lake said he could offer only "a sad litany of how many spots there are." But he said in every country ...
India's child malnutrition puzzle
articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com - 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 ... severe underweight and stunting of children in the country. Poverty is one obvious underlying cause.
Children worst hit in poverty-stricken India
Rediff - 8/8/2013 11:39:53 AM
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 ...
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews.com - 2/16/2012 9:47:30 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 ... has also catapulted the country onto the world stage, boosting its ...
Malnutrition causes 45 per cent of deaths of under-five children: Report
The Hindu - 6/6/2013 5:40:56 PM
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly 45 per cent of deaths in children under ... responsible for around 3.1 million deaths in children under five annually. Results estimate that stunting (reduced growth) affected at least 165 million children worldwide ...
Global hunger index: see how the world compares
theguardian.com - 10/10/2010 11:58:13 PM
The GHI scores countries on three equally weighted indicators: the proportion of people who are undernourished, the proportion of children under five who are underweight ... Pregnancy and the first two years of life provide a vital "window of opportunity ...
India Asks, Should Food Be a Right for the Poor?
New York Times - 8/7/2010 11:55:23 PM
and the country has had one of the world’s fastest-growing economies during the past decade. But its poverty and hunger indexes remain dismal, with roughly 42 percent of all Indian children under the age of 5 being underweight. The food system ...