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
Good news: African Governments are Seriously Stepping Up Their Fight Against Malnutrition
The Huffington Post - 7/28/2015 4:15:13 AM
along with the proportion of underweight children under 5 years of age, have declined. Despite this progress, the burden of undernutrition still affects 795 million people in the world, including 161 million stunted children. Malnourished children tend to ...
No, the African American Womb Is Not More Dangerous Today than during Slavery
Patheos - 7/27/2015 3:00:39 PM
But now let’s turn back to Wilson’s assertion that “it was safer to be a black child in the womb” under ... less than 5.5 pounds at birth, or what we would today consider to be severely underweight. Growth rates among slave children were ...
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.
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 ...
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
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 ... "Not just in India, but in countries around the world, we know that ...
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.
Gender inequality and the Asian enigma of malnutrition
Live Mint - 3/3/2015 10:44:18 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 ... 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 ...
Having a Baby Becomes Mother of All Battles in Scarcity-hit Venezuela
Voice of America - 7/28/2015 6:09:45 AM
World Bank data shows infant mortality under the age of 1 dropped ... In this situation, don't have children." Some are indeed putting off having a child, although shortages of birth control options can thwart planning in a country where abortion is ...
Bloomberg’s Obesity Claim
Fact Check - 3/29/2013 5:44:02 PM
On March 1, he added that this has “come about in the last 20 years.” Bloomberg said on “The John Gambling Show with Mayor Mike” on New York radio station WOR 710 AM: “For the first time in the history of the world ... kids under the age of 5 ...
UNICEF Warns of High Infant Mortality Rates Despite World Progress
Latin American Herald Tribune - 6/23/2015 5:14:01 PM
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...