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

Definition: Prevalence of underweight, male, is the percentage of boys 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 Yemen 40.90 2013
2 Madagascar 39.20 2004
3 Timor-Leste 39.00 2013
4 Niger 38.70 2012
5 Eritrea 38.10 2010
6 Pakistan 34.10 2012
7 Afghanistan 32.70 2004
8 Bangladesh 32.30 2014
9 Burundi 32.00 2010
10 Djibouti 31.20 2012
11 India 30.00 2014
11 Chad 30.00 2015
13 Nepal 29.80 2011
14 Mali 29.70 2006
15 Papua New Guinea 29.00 2011
16 Sudan 28.10 2006
17 Burkina Faso 27.70 2010
18 Lao PDR 26.80 2011
19 Central African Republic 26.10 2010
20 Sri Lanka 25.70 2012
20 Dem. Rep. Congo 25.70 2013
22 Ethiopia 24.80 2014
23 Somalia 24.60 2009
24 Cambodia 23.40 2014
25 Myanmar 23.00 2009
26 Benin 22.70 2006
27 Mauritania 21.80 2012
28 Nigeria 21.30 2014
29 Indonesia 20.50 2013
30 Philippines 19.40 2013
31 Sierra Leone 19.20 2013
32 Guinea-Bissau 19.10 2010
33 Côte d'Ivoire 18.80 2012
34 Solomon Islands 18.10 1989
35 Mozambique 17.50 2011
36 The Gambia 17.30 2013
36 Guinea 17.30 2012
36 Kenya 17.30 2009
39 Kiribati 17.20 2009
40 Togo 17.10 2014
41 Comoros 16.80 2012
41 Liberia 16.80 2013
43 Angola 16.60 2007
43 São Tomé and Principe 16.60 2008
45 Zambia 16.20 2013
46 Lesotho 16.00 2009
47 Cameroon 15.80 2011
48 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 15.50 2012
49 Uganda 15.40 2011
50 Malawi 15.20 2010
51 Namibia 15.10 2013
52 Tanzania 14.20 2011
53 Vanuatu 14.10 2007
54 Senegal 13.80 2014
55 Tajikistan 13.60 2012
55 South Africa 13.60 2004
57 Bhutan 13.40 2010
58 Congo 13.30 2011
59 Malaysia 13.20 2006
60 Guatemala 13.10 2015
61 Rwanda 12.90 2010
62 Guyana 12.80 2009
63 Haiti 12.50 2012
63 Zimbabwe 12.50 2014
65 Botswana 12.10 2007
66 Vietnam 11.80 2010
67 Syrian Arab Republic 11.50 2009
68 Brunei 10.80 2009
69 Ghana 10.70 2014
70 Thailand 9.90 2012
71 Iraq 9.40 2011
72 Oman 8.90 2009
73 Gabon 7.90 2012
74 Egypt 7.70 2014
74 Honduras 7.70 2012
76 Ecuador 7.10 2012
77 Swaziland 6.70 2010
78 Albania 6.60 2009
79 El Salvador 6.50 2008
80 Libya 6.30 2007
81 Suriname 6.20 2010
82 Saudi Arabia 6.10 2005
83 Equatorial Guinea 5.90 2010
84 Belize 5.70 2011
85 Nicaragua 5.60 2006
86 Lebanon 5.40 2004
87 Mongolia 5.30 2010
88 Azerbaijan 4.90 2013
88 Fiji 4.90 2004
88 Bolivia 4.90 2008
91 Uruguay 4.80 2011
91 Ukraine 4.80 2000
93 Armenia 4.70 2010
94 Uzbekistan 4.60 2006
95 Trinidad and Tobago 4.40 2000
96 Romania 4.00 2002
97 Dominican Republic 3.90 2013
98 Kazakhstan 3.70 2010
98 Kyrgyz Republic 3.70 2012
100 Singapore 3.60 2000
101 Japan 3.50 2010
101 China 3.50 2010
101 Colombia 3.50 2010
101 Kuwait 3.50 2014
105 Jordan 3.40 2012
106 Peru 3.30 2014
107 Tunisia 3.20 2012
107 Turkmenistan 3.20 2006
109 Morocco 3.10 2011
109 Algeria 3.10 2012
111 Hungary 2.90 1984
112 Paraguay 2.80 2012
112 Mexico 2.80 2012
112 Jamaica 2.80 2012
112 Panama 2.80 2008
116 Barbados 2.50 2012
116 Czech Republic 2.50 2001
118 Argentina 2.40 2005
119 Netherlands 2.20 1980
119 Brazil 2.20 2007
121 Tonga 2.10 2012
121 Moldova 2.10 2012
123 Turkey 1.80 2013
123 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.80 2012
123 Canada 1.80 1971
126 Macedonia 1.50 2011
126 Belarus 1.50 2005
126 Serbia 1.50 2010
129 Bulgaria 1.30 2004
129 Georgia 1.30 2009
131 Montenegro 1.10 2013
132 Korea 0.90 2010
132 Germany 0.90 2005
134 Costa Rica 0.60 2008
134 Chile 0.60 2014
136 United States 0.50 2012
137 Greece 0.30 2003

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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