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

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 Timor-Leste 39.00 2013
3 Pakistan 34.10 2012
4 Afghanistan 32.70 2004
5 Bangladesh 32.30 2014
6 India 30.00 2014
7 Nepal 29.80 2011
8 Lao PDR 26.80 2011
9 Sri Lanka 25.70 2012
10 Cambodia 23.40 2014
11 Myanmar 23.00 2009
12 Indonesia 20.50 2013
13 Philippines 19.40 2013
14 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 15.50 2012
15 Tajikistan 13.60 2012
16 Bhutan 13.40 2010
17 Malaysia 13.20 2006
18 Vietnam 11.80 2010
19 Syrian Arab Republic 11.50 2009
20 Brunei 10.80 2009
21 Thailand 9.90 2012
22 Iraq 9.40 2011
23 Oman 8.90 2009
24 Saudi Arabia 6.10 2005
25 Lebanon 5.40 2004
26 Mongolia 5.30 2010
27 Azerbaijan 4.90 2013
28 Armenia 4.70 2010
29 Uzbekistan 4.60 2006
30 Kazakhstan 3.70 2010
30 Kyrgyz Republic 3.70 2012
32 Singapore 3.60 2000
33 Japan 3.50 2010
33 Kuwait 3.50 2014
33 China 3.50 2010
36 Jordan 3.40 2012
37 Turkmenistan 3.20 2006
38 Turkey 1.80 2013
39 Georgia 1.30 2009
40 Korea 0.90 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