China - Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5)

Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5) in China was 8.10 as of 2013. Its highest value over the past 26 years was 38.30 in 1987, while its lowest value was 8.10 in 2013.

Definition: Prevalence of stunting is the percentage of children under age 5 whose height for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. For children up to two years old height is measured by recumbent length. For older children height is measured by stature while standing. The data are based on the WHO's new child growth standards released in 2006.

Source: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank: Joint child malnutrition estimates (JME). Aggregation is based on UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank harmonized dataset (adjusted, comparable data) and methodology.

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Year Value
1987 38.30
1990 32.30
1992 38.00
1995 31.20
1998 19.80
2000 17.80
2002 21.80
2005 11.70
2008 9.80
2009 9.00
2010 9.40
2013 8.10

Aggregation method: Linear mixed-effect model estimates

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Undernourished children have lower resistance to infection and are more likely to die from common childhood ailments such as diarrheal diseases and respiratory infections. Frequent illness saps the nutritional status of those who survive, locking them int


Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Nutrition