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
Opinion: The World Sees Progress Against Undernutrition, but it’s Uneven
Inter Press Service - 3/9/2015 5:18:03 PM
All but 14 million of the world’s hungry live in developing ... HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. One in seven children under five are underweight An estimated 99 million children under five years of age were underweight in 2012. This represents a fall of ...
Obama: We’ll Work on ‘Issue of Obesity’ in India (Where 30.7% of Children Under 5 Are Underweight)
CNS News - 1/28/2015 2:13:26 AM
That was a significant improvement for India, where 43.5 percent of the children under five had been underweight at the time of the last survey in 2005-2006. "India no longer ranks second-to-last in the world on ... under five year of age who “have ...
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.
Put children at heart of global agenda, UNICEF challenges Davos
UNICEF - 1/20/2015 6:40:37 AM
As leaders spanning all sectors gather in Davos, UNICEF is challenging the global ... of global poverty eradication. Half of the world’s extreme poor are children with nearly 570 million people under the age of 18 living below the international poverty ...
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 ...
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
WHO - 9/11/2013 8:43:34 AM
The United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed in September 2000, commits world ... children under 5 years of age. The proportion of underweight children in developing countries has declined from 25% to 15% between 1990 and 2012. This rate of progress ...
Child stunting drops sharply in India, show data
The Hindu - 11/14/2014 12:07:38 AM
India has dramatically reduced not only the number of underweight children but also the numbers of stunted and wasted children, reveal details of the yet-to-be-released official nutrition data. The proportion of stunted children under the age of five has ...
Malnutrition kills over 3 million children annually
Middle East Online - 6/12/2014 3:28:45 PM
ROME - More than three million children under the age of five ... year," the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said. Some 162 million children are left stunted by chronic malnutrition and 99 million children are underweight across the world, it ...
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 ...
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 ...
Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition
theguardian.com - 1/26/2014 7:08:30 PM
The finding raises serious questions about the legacy of more than 10 years of western involvement in Afghanistan. "After the age of two years ... pushing up death rates among children under five. So severe is the damage that tackling it by lacing basic ...
Uneven progress on child stunting in East and Central Africa
IRIN - 8/6/2014 12:29:00 PM
An estimated 58 percent of children under age five are stunted, compared with 56 percent in 1987, according to demographic and health surveys from those years ... country as “on track” to meet MDG 1. Tanzania: Bearing 2 percent of the world’s ...
Save the Children - 4/21/2015 12:52:18 PM
The world's youngest country, South Sudan gained independence more than ... 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 ...
How Childhood Hunger Can Change Adult Personality
Time - 4/11/2013 2:01:01 PM
The effects of going ... intake and children with this condition look more emaciated. Some children in the study had symptoms of both. Worldwide, nearly 3 million children under five die of hunger annually— and around 25% of the world’s children ...
Jerusalem unrest propelled by Palestinian teens
Washington Post - 11/14/2014 11:59:17 PM
He’s 16 and dressed in the uniform of the Palestinian street warrior — skinny jeans ... 60 percent, are under age 18. The age of the demonstrators has led some security analysts to describe the uprising in Jerusalem as a “Children’s Intifada.”