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

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.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Yemen 40.90 2013
2 Pakistan 34.10 2012
3 Afghanistan 32.70 2004
4 Tajikistan 13.60 2012
5 Syrian Arab Republic 11.50 2009
6 Iraq 9.40 2011
7 Oman 8.90 2009
8 Saudi Arabia 6.10 2005
9 Lebanon 5.40 2004
10 Uzbekistan 4.60 2006
11 Kyrgyz Republic 3.70 2012
12 Kuwait 3.50 2014
13 Jordan 3.40 2012
14 Turkmenistan 3.20 2006
15 Turkey 1.80 2013

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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