Prevalence of underweight, weight for age, female (% of children under 5) - Country Ranking

Definition: Prevalence of underweight, female, is the percentage of girls under age 5 whose weight for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. The data are based on the WHO's new child growth standards released in 2006.

Source: World Health Organization, Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition. Country-level data are unadjusted data from national surveys, and thus may not be comparable across countries.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

Find indicator:
Rank Country Value Year
1 Eritrea 39.40 2010
2 Yemen 39.00 2013
3 Niger 37.10 2012
4 Timor-Leste 36.30 2013
5 Madagascar 34.50 2004
6 Bangladesh 33.50 2014
7 Afghanistan 33.00 2004
8 Pakistan 29.10 2012
9 India 28.70 2014
10 Djibouti 28.50 2012
11 Nepal 28.40 2011
12 Chad 27.60 2015
13 Sri Lanka 26.80 2012
14 Papua New Guinea 26.70 2011
15 Lao PDR 26.20 2011
16 Burundi 26.10 2010
17 Mali 26.00 2006
18 Sudan 25.90 2006
19 Ethiopia 25.70 2014
20 Cambodia 25.00 2014
21 Burkina Faso 24.70 2010
22 Myanmar 22.10 2009
23 Somalia 21.30 2009
24 Dem. Rep. Congo 21.10 2013
25 Central African Republic 20.90 2010
26 Philippines 20.50 2013
27 Indonesia 19.40 2013
28 Nigeria 18.30 2014
29 Benin 17.60 2006
30 Mauritania 17.20 2012
31 Sierra Leone 17.10 2013
31 Guinea-Bissau 17.10 2010
33 Comoros 17.00 2012
34 The Gambia 15.50 2013
34 Kenya 15.50 2009
36 Guinea 15.20 2012
36 Togo 15.20 2014
38 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 15.00 2012
39 Angola 14.60 2007
40 Cameroon 14.50 2011
41 Solomon Islands 14.20 1989
42 Mozambique 13.60 2011
43 Liberia 13.50 2013
44 Zambia 13.40 2013
45 Tajikistan 13.10 2012
46 Tanzania 12.90 2011
47 Uganda 12.80 2011
47 Côte d'Ivoire 12.80 2012
49 Malaysia 12.70 2006
50 Malawi 12.60 2010
51 Kiribati 12.40 2009
52 Bhutan 12.30 2010
52 São Tomé and Principe 12.30 2008
54 Vietnam 12.10 2010
55 Guatemala 12.00 2015
56 Senegal 11.80 2014
57 Ghana 11.60 2014
58 Namibia 11.30 2013
59 Lesotho 11.10 2009
60 Haiti 10.70 2012
61 Rwanda 10.40 2010
62 Congo 10.30 2011
63 Botswana 10.20 2007
64 Zimbabwe 9.80 2014
65 South Africa 9.60 2004
66 Guyana 9.40 2009
67 Vanuatu 9.00 2007
68 Syrian Arab Republic 8.70 2009
69 Brunei 8.50 2009
70 Thailand 8.40 2012
71 Oman 8.30 2009
72 Turkmenistan 7.40 2006
72 Iraq 7.40 2011
74 El Salvador 6.70 2008
75 Belize 6.60 2011
76 Honduras 6.50 2012
77 Albania 6.00 2009
78 Nicaragua 5.90 2006
78 Armenia 5.90 2010
80 Fiji 5.70 2004
81 Ecuador 5.60 2012
82 Egypt 5.40 2008
82 Suriname 5.40 2010
84 Panama 5.20 2008
84 Equatorial Guinea 5.20 2010
86 Swaziland 5.00 2010
86 Gabon 5.00 2012
88 Azerbaijan 4.90 2013
89 Libya 4.80 2007
90 Barbados 4.70 2012
91 Saudi Arabia 4.50 2005
92 Trinidad and Tobago 4.30 2000
92 Uzbekistan 4.30 2006
94 Uruguay 4.20 2011
95 Dominican Republic 4.10 2013
96 Mongolia 4.00 2010
96 Bolivia 4.00 2008
98 Kyrgyz Republic 3.70 2012
99 Kazakhstan 3.60 2010
100 Ukraine 3.50 2000
101 China 3.30 2010
101 Colombia 3.30 2010
101 Japan 3.30 2010
104 Morocco 3.10 2011
105 Algeria 3.00 2012
106 Peru 2.90 2014
106 Romania 2.90 2002
106 Singapore 2.90 2000
109 Lebanon 2.80 2004
109 Mexico 2.80 2012
111 Jordan 2.60 2012
111 Kuwait 2.60 2014
113 Paraguay 2.30 2012
114 Moldova 2.20 2012
114 Argentina 2.20 2005
116 Brazil 2.10 2007
116 Turkey 2.10 2013
116 Jamaica 2.10 2012
119 Bulgaria 1.90 2004
120 Costa Rica 1.80 2008
121 Canada 1.70 1971
121 Serbia 1.70 2010
123 Czech Republic 1.60 2001
123 Hungary 1.60 1984
125 Tunisia 1.40 2012
126 Germany 1.30 2005
126 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.30 2012
128 Netherlands 1.10 1980
128 Macedonia 1.10 2011
130 Georgia 1.00 2009
130 Belarus 1.00 2005
132 Montenegro 0.90 2013
133 United States 0.40 2012
133 Chile 0.40 2014
135 Greece 0.30 2003
135 Korea 0.30 2010

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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