Prevalence of overweight, weight for height, male (% of children under 5) - Country Ranking

Definition: Prevalence of overweight, male, is the percentage of boys under age 5 whose weight for height is more than two standard deviations above the median for the international reference population of the corresponding age as established by 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

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Ukraine 27.30 2000
2 Montenegro 24.70 2013
3 Albania 23.30 2009
4 Libya 23.20 2007
5 Georgia 21.30 2009
6 South Africa 20.60 2004
7 Armenia 18.80 2010
8 Tonga 18.60 2012
9 Syrian Arab Republic 17.80 2009
10 Bosnia and Herzegovina 16.70 2012
11 Serbia 16.60 2010
12 Egypt 16.40 2014
13 Lebanon 15.30 2004
14 Azerbaijan 14.90 2006
15 Tunisia 14.80 2012
15 Kazakhstan 14.80 2010
15 Bulgaria 14.80 2004
18 Papua New Guinea 14.40 2011
19 Greece 13.70 2003
20 North Macedonia 13.40 2011
21 Uzbekistan 13.10 2006
22 Algeria 12.80 2012
23 Iraq 12.50 2011
23 Morocco 12.50 2011
25 Indonesia 11.80 2013
26 Turkey 11.70 2013
27 Benin 11.60 2006
27 Equatorial Guinea 11.60 2010
29 Comoros 11.40 2012
29 Paraguay 11.40 2012
31 Botswana 11.30 2007
31 Belarus 11.30 2005
31 Barbados 11.30 2012
34 São Tomé and Principe 11.10 2008
35 Malawi 10.30 2010
36 Argentina 10.20 2005
37 Eswatini 10.10 2010
37 Thailand 10.10 2012
39 Chile 10.00 2014
40 Kyrgyz Republic 9.80 2012
41 Canada 9.60 1971
42 Gabon 9.20 2012
42 Bolivia 9.20 2008
44 Mexico 9.00 2012
45 Kuwait 8.90 2014
45 Brunei 8.90 2009
47 Sierra Leone 8.80 2013
48 Belize 8.60 2011
48 Romania 8.60 2002
50 Costa Rica 8.30 2008
51 Mongolia 8.20 2010
51 Korea 8.20 2010
51 Peru 8.20 2012
54 Mozambique 8.10 2011
55 Dominican Republic 7.90 2013
55 Ecuador 7.90 2012
55 Cameroon 7.90 2011
58 Uruguay 7.80 2011
59 Djibouti 7.70 2012
59 Lesotho 7.70 2009
61 Bhutan 7.50 2010
61 China 7.50 2010
63 Rwanda 7.10 2010
64 Tajikistan 6.90 2012
64 Brazil 6.90 2007
66 Zimbabwe 6.70 2010
66 Nicaragua 6.70 2006
68 Zambia 6.60 2013
69 Madagascar 6.30 2004
69 Saudi Arabia 6.30 2005
69 El Salvador 6.30 2008
69 Afghanistan 6.30 2004
73 Panama 6.20 1997
74 Moldova 6.00 2012
74 Tanzania 6.00 2010
76 Jamaica 5.80 2012
77 Jordan 5.60 2012
78 Honduras 5.50 2012
78 Vietnam 5.50 2010
80 Vanuatu 5.40 2007
80 Colombia 5.40 2010
80 Philippines 5.40 2013
80 Fiji 5.40 2004
84 United States 5.20 2012
85 Angola 5.10 2001
86 Suriname 5.00 2010
87 Guyana 4.90 2009
87 Mali 4.90 2006
89 Guatemala 4.80 2015
90 Kenya 4.70 2009
90 Czech Republic 4.70 2001
90 Pakistan 4.70 2012
93 Uganda 4.50 2011
93 Dem. Rep. Congo 4.50 2013
95 Sudan 4.10 2006
95 Haiti 4.10 2012
97 Namibia 3.90 2013
98 Trinidad and Tobago 3.80 2000
98 Turkmenistan 3.80 2006
100 Congo 3.70 2011
101 Ghana 3.60 2014
101 Germany 3.60 2005
103 Côte d'Ivoire 3.50 2012
104 Niger 3.40 2012
104 Guinea 3.40 2012
104 Guinea-Bissau 3.40 2010
107 Hungary 3.20 1984
108 Liberia 3.10 2013
108 Singapore 3.10 2000
108 The Gambia 3.10 2013
108 Burundi 3.10 2010
112 Somalia 2.80 2009
113 Burkina Faso 2.70 2010
113 Cambodia 2.70 2014
113 Myanmar 2.70 2009
116 Chad 2.50 2015
116 Yemen 2.50 2013
116 Netherlands 2.50 1980
119 Solomon Islands 2.30 1989
120 India 2.20 2006
121 Ethiopia 2.10 2014
122 Central African Republic 2.00 2010
123 Japan 1.90 2010
123 Lao PDR 1.90 2011
125 Togo 1.80 2014
125 Nigeria 1.80 2014
127 Senegal 1.70 2014
128 Eritrea 1.60 2010
128 Bangladesh 1.60 2014
130 Timor-Leste 1.50 2013
130 Oman 1.50 2009
130 Nepal 1.50 2011
133 Mauritania 1.10 2012
134 Sri Lanka 0.70 2012
135 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 0.00 2009

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Aggregation method: Linear mixed-effect model estimates

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: Estimates of overweight children are also from national survey data. Once considered only a high-income economy problem, overweight children have become a growing concern in developing countries. Research shows an association between childhood obesity and