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

Definition: Prevalence of underweight children is the percentage of children 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. Adjusted, comparable data are available at http://www.who.int/nutgr

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

Find indicator:
Rank Country Value Year
1 Yemen 39.90 2013
2 Eritrea 38.80 2010
3 Niger 37.90 2012
4 Timor-Leste 37.70 2013
5 Madagascar 36.80 2004
6 Sudan 33.00 2014
7 Bangladesh 32.90 2014
7 Afghanistan 32.90 2004
9 Pakistan 31.60 2012
10 Nepal 30.10 2014
11 Djibouti 29.80 2012
12 India 29.40 2014
13 Burundi 29.10 2010
14 Chad 28.80 2015
15 Mali 27.90 2006
15 Papua New Guinea 27.90 2011
17 Lao PDR 26.50 2011
18 Sri Lanka 26.30 2012
19 Burkina Faso 26.20 2010
20 Ethiopia 25.20 2014
21 Cambodia 24.20 2014
22 Central African Republic 23.50 2010
23 Dem. Rep. Congo 23.40 2013
24 Somalia 23.00 2009
25 Myanmar 22.60 2009
26 Indonesia 19.90 2013
26 Philippines 19.90 2013
28 Nigeria 19.80 2014
29 Mauritania 19.50 2012
30 Sierra Leone 18.10 2013
31 Benin 18.00 2014
32 Guinea-Bissau 17.00 2014
33 Comoros 16.90 2012
34 Malawi 16.70 2014
35 The Gambia 16.40 2013
36 Guinea 16.30 2012
37 Togo 16.20 2014
38 Côte d'Ivoire 15.70 2012
39 Mozambique 15.60 2011
39 Angola 15.60 2007
41 Liberia 15.30 2013
42 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 15.20 2012
43 Kiribati 14.90 2009
44 Cameroon 14.80 2014
44 Zambia 14.80 2013
46 Uganda 14.10 2011
47 Tanzania 13.60 2011
48 Tajikistan 13.30 2012
49 Namibia 13.20 2013
50 Mauritius 13.00 1995
51 Malaysia 12.90 2006
52 Senegal 12.80 2014
52 Bhutan 12.80 2010
54 Guatemala 12.60 2015
55 Congo 12.30 2015
56 Vietnam 12.00 2010
57 Cabo Verde 11.80 1994
58 Rwanda 11.70 2010
59 Haiti 11.60 2012
60 Solomon Islands 11.50 2007
61 Botswana 11.20 2007
61 Ghana 11.20 2014
61 Zimbabwe 11.20 2014
64 Kenya 11.00 2014
65 Vanuatu 10.70 2013
66 Lesotho 10.30 2014
67 Syrian Arab Republic 10.10 2009
68 Oman 9.70 2014
69 Brunei 9.60 2009
70 Thailand 9.20 2012
70 Turkmenistan 9.20 2006
72 São Tomé and Principe 8.80 2014
73 South Africa 8.70 2008
74 Guyana 8.50 2014
74 Iraq 8.50 2011
76 Bahrain 7.60 1995
77 Honduras 7.10 2012
78 Egypt 7.00 2014
79 Gabon 6.50 2012
80 Ecuador 6.40 2012
81 Albania 6.30 2009
82 Belize 6.20 2011
83 Swaziland 5.80 2014
83 Suriname 5.80 2010
85 Nicaragua 5.70 2006
86 Equatorial Guinea 5.60 2010
86 Libya 5.60 2007
88 Armenia 5.30 2010
88 Fiji 5.30 2004
88 Saudi Arabia 5.30 2005
91 El Salvador 5.00 2014
92 Azerbaijan 4.90 2013
93 Nauru 4.80 2007
93 Qatar 4.80 1995
95 Iran 4.60 2004
96 Bolivia 4.50 2008
96 Uruguay 4.50 2011
98 Uzbekistan 4.40 2006
98 Trinidad and Tobago 4.40 2000
100 Lebanon 4.20 2004
101 Dominican Republic 4.00 2013
102 Panama 3.90 2008
103 Kazakhstan 3.70 2010
104 Seychelles 3.60 2012
105 Romania 3.50 2002
105 Barbados 3.50 2012
107 Japan 3.40 2010
107 China 3.40 2010
107 Colombia 3.40 2010
107 Cuba 3.40 2000
111 Singapore 3.30 2000
112 Peru 3.10 2014
112 Morocco 3.10 2011
114 Jordan 3.00 2012
114 Kuwait 3.00 2014
114 Algeria 3.00 2012
117 Venezuela 2.90 2009
118 Mexico 2.80 2012
118 Kyrgyz Republic 2.80 2014
118 St. Lucia 2.80 2012
121 Paraguay 2.60 2012
122 Jamaica 2.50 2012
123 Tunisia 2.30 2012
123 Hungary 2.30 1984
123 Argentina 2.30 2005
126 Moldova 2.20 2012
126 Brazil 2.20 2007
128 Czech Republic 2.10 2001
129 Tonga 1.90 2012
129 Turkey 1.90 2013
129 United Kingdom 1.90 1976
132 Canada 1.80 1971
132 Serbia 1.80 2014
134 Samoa 1.70 1999
135 Mongolia 1.60 2013
135 Netherlands 1.60 1980
135 Tuvalu 1.60 2007
135 Bulgaria 1.60 2004
139 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.50 2012
140 Belarus 1.30 2005
140 Italy 1.30 1976
140 Macedonia 1.30 2011
143 Georgia 1.10 2009
143 Costa Rica 1.10 2008
143 Germany 1.10 2005
146 Montenegro 1.00 2013
147 Ukraine 0.90 2002
148 Korea 0.60 2010
149 Chile 0.50 2014
149 United States 0.50 2012
149 Croatia 0.50 1996
152 Greece 0.30 2003
153 Australia 0.20 2007

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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