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
Looking beyond food for causes of Cameroon’s malnutrition
IRIN - 10/29/2014 6:38:50 AM
Around a dozen mothers watched over their sick children in the ward. Some 58,000 children under the age of five have suffered severe acute malnutrition in Cameroon’s Far North and North regions this year ... country has nearly twice the minimum World ...
Save the Children - 10/29/2014 3:50:01 PM
The world's youngest country, South Sudan gained indepence nearly three ... before the latest influx of refugees – found in young children under the age of five: Over one in four children are underweight Nearly one in three children are stunted (short ...
Echoing Tiananmen, 17-year-old Hong Kong student prepares for democracy battle
CNN - 9/28/2014 10:14:33 AM
"Five years ... city under central administration." That's why Wong has set his eyes on achieving universal suffrage. His group, which now has around 300 student members, has become one of the city's most vocal voices for democracy. And the kids are ...
PBS - 10/28/2014 10:07:37 AM
The average life expectancy is 60 years for men and 62 years for women. More than half of all children under the age ... sex workers in India reported that their main reason for not using condoms was that their customers objected. India has drafted a five ...
Kenya at a glance
UNICEF - 10/24/2014 11:05:27 PM
Despite the steady growth of the economy, more than a half of the country’s population lives below the poverty ... the children, especially those under five years to malaria, cholera and other diseases. UNICEF is working with the Government of Kenya ...
Bhutan: A Higher State of Being
New York Times Blogs - 10/30/2014 10:26:43 AM
(He formally ascended to the throne two years later, at age 18.) It was a heady ... and 72 percent of the country is under forest cover. In 2013, the government announced its intention to become the world’s first 100-percent organic-farming nation.
EDITORIAL: The Top 10 MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE Moments
Comic Book Movie - 9/26/2014 2:24:29 AM
Under the astute leadership of Kevin Feige and the creative wisdom of Joss Whedon, this vision has expanded through two very successful ‘Phases’ – the second of which will conclude next May with Whedon’s Avengers: Age ... to. Five years of hard ...
Killing a Ten-Foot Alligator in the Swamps of Louisiana
VICE - 9/25/2014 3:18:46 PM
Turgeon quickly pressed his 22 rifle’s skinny ... was 50 to 62 years old. When he told us this, I couldn't help but think about grey-haired seniors. This alligator will be sold for a mere $300, then made into boots. Despite its advanced age, Dave says ...
The Buzz in Mexico
travel.nationalgeographic.com - 10/30/2014 1:44:10 AM
Bees have symbolized the soul to many ancient cultures since the Stone Age ... the art of tending Melipona. At this point, the collective is producing less than 250 pounds of honey per year—but the value of the honey is four to five times that of ...
John Kerry Explains Why World Leaders Are Scared of Young People
The Atlantic - 10/30/2014 1:22:41 AM
What are the top concerns of the chief diplomat of the most powerful country in the world? For one thing, people under the age of 35. In a conversation ... "And they don't have a five-year plan. They have a 30-year plan." "We don't even have a five-year ...
Stephen Harper unveils income splitting tax break for Canadian families with children under 18
National Post - 10/30/2014 8:13:42 PM
The series of tax relief measures will only benefit parents and families with children under age 18, no doubt leaving many Canadians ... Our goal has always been to make sure that Canada is the best country in the world in which to raise a family ...
What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa? Almost Everything
Daily Beast - 10/22/2014 11:57:56 PM
Ebola’s getting the world’s attention right now ... their babies safely," the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF announced last month, noting that as many as 8.5 million people under the age of 20 live in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Malala Wins 2014 World’s Children Prize in Sweden, Donates Money to Gaza Schools as Sweden’s Recognition of Pa lestine Coincides
Microfinance Monitor - 10/30/2014 9:15:08 AM
Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who won the 2014 World’s Children ... heroic work to serve children in Gaza", Malala said, "The needs are overwhelming more than half of Gaza’s population is under 18 years of age. They want and deserve ...
Syria: The Vortex of Violence and Despair
The Huffington Post - 10/31/2014 11:51:26 AM
Health care was delivered to 6.5 million direct beneficiaries while 2.9 million children under the age of five ... fourteen years after it was eradicated in Syria. Until recently, Syria was the world's third largest refugee hosting country -- coming ...
Emma Watson: 15.5 million women will marry as children in next 16 years
Politi Fact - 9/28/2014 11:57:45 PM
Every year around the world, millions of girls under the age of 18 get married ... noted in a Sept 20 speech that if nothing is done, "15.5 million girls will be married in the next 16 years as children." As we began checking that statement, we quickly ...