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
FAO calls for accelerated and concerted actions in West Africa towards the 2025 Zero Hunger and malnutrition goals
Modern Ghana - 11/26/2015 2:09:01 PM
With regards to the World Food Summit (WFS ... Furthermore, though the number of underweight children under five years of age has declined over the last two decades, 22.2 percent of them are still underweight. Stunting, on the other hand, has stagnated ...
Logan project targets children in plan to break cycle of disadvantage
ABC Online - 12/1/2015 2:43:03 AM
Matthew Cox, Logan Together Under the plan, the south-east Queensland city of Logan will concentrate resources on improving the wellbeing of children up to the age of eight ... prematurely and underweight; more vulnerable four and five-year-olds; fewer ...
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 ...
Malnutrition kills over 3 million children annually
Middle East Online - 6/12/2014 3:28:45 PM
"Malnutrition is responsible for about half of all child deaths under five years of age, causing over ... Some 162 million children are left stunted by chronic malnutrition and 99 million children are underweight across the world, it added.
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 ...
South Sudan 'most fragile state' in world
BBC - 6/25/2014 11:55:53 PM
Chronic instability, fractured leadership and growing ethnic conflict made it the most fragile state, The Fund ... Image caption Almost 28% of children under the age of five in South Sudan are moderately or severely underweight. This compares with the ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
What is the millennium development goal on poverty and hunger all about?
The Guardian - 2/19/2015 10:15:35 AM
Related: Millennium development goal 1: 15 achievements on poverty and hunger Another target under ... the country average of how many calories each person has access to every day, as well as the prevalence of underweight children younger than five.