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
World loses 6mn under-five children every year: Unicef
Business Recorder - 6/25/2015 10:09:19 AM
These figures come despite the headway made since MDGs implementation, as under-five mortality has dropped by over half, underweight ... are 18 years or under, while the poorest children are not only almost twice as likely to die before age five than ...
UNICEF Warns of High Infant Mortality Rates Despite World Progress
Latin American Herald Tribune - 6/24/2015 8:51:45 AM
The number of underweight ... s children, means less inequality and more global progress tomorrow,” he added. Considering current progress and growth rate, the organization predicts, by 2030 an additional 68 million children under 5 years of age, will ...
Nearly 40% deaths of Mumbai girls in last 5 years due to poor diet: CAG
Times of India - 4/20/2015 3:35:08 AM
Under the integrated child development services (ICDS) programme, the state government utilized Rs 4,236 crore of the Rs 4,730 crore provided to tackle malnourishment among girls in last five years ... the World Health Organisation, underweight children ...
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.
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.
Gender inequality and the Asian enigma of malnutrition
Live Mint - 3/3/2015 10:15:40 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 ...
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, yet the government claims that poverty ... 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 ...
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
He would be correct to say that this shift has occurred sometime in about the last 20 years. Obesity has become more of an issue around the world at the same time that progress has been made in fighting childhood underweight ... kids under the age of 5 ...
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 ...
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
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.
Lingering problem found in gut microbe communities of malnourished children
Washington University in Stlouis - 6/4/2014 4:49:49 PM
Severe acute malnutrition affects about 20 million children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization ... in a developing country like Bangladesh, where more than half a million children under 5 years of age suffer from severe acute ...
Calorie intake of the rural poor has drastically fallen, says Planning Commission report
India Today - 10/21/2011 11:56:07 PM
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.