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

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 Guyana 12.80 2009
2 Ecuador 7.10 2012
3 Suriname 6.20 2010
4 Bolivia 4.90 2008
5 Uruguay 4.80 2011
6 Colombia 3.50 2010
7 Peru 3.30 2014
8 Paraguay 2.80 2012
9 Argentina 2.40 2005
10 Brazil 2.20 2007
11 Chile 0.60 2014

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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