Prevalence of stunting, height for age, female (% of children under 5) - Country Ranking

Definition: Prevalence of stunting, female, is the percentage of girls under age 5 whose height for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. For children up to two years old height is measured by recumbent length. For older children height is measured by stature while standing. 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

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Afghanistan 58.50 2004
2 Burundi 53.10 2010
3 Eritrea 49.60 2010
4 Papua New Guinea 47.90 2011
5 Timor-Leste 47.20 2013
6 Madagascar 46.70 2009
7 Guatemala 45.80 2015
8 Yemen 45.60 2013
9 Malawi 44.10 2010
10 Lao PDR 42.10 2011
11 Pakistan 41.70 2012
12 Benin 41.60 2006
13 Rwanda 41.10 2010
13 Niger 41.10 2012
15 Mozambique 41.00 2011
16 Dem. Rep. Congo 40.20 2013
17 Ethiopia 39.70 2014
18 Nepal 39.50 2011
19 Chad 38.80 2015
20 India 37.90 2014
20 Central African Republic 37.90 2010
22 Zambia 37.70 2013
23 Sierra Leone 36.80 2013
24 Sudan 36.60 2006
25 Mali 36.20 2006
26 Bangladesh 35.90 2014
27 Indonesia 35.50 2013
28 Lesotho 35.00 2009
29 Tanzania 34.20 2011
30 Guinea 33.80 2012
31 Bhutan 33.70 2010
32 Myanmar 33.40 2009
33 Djibouti 33.30 2012
34 Kenya 33.10 2009
35 Burkina Faso 32.80 2010
36 Cambodia 32.60 2014
37 São Tomé and Principe 32.00 2008
38 Solomon Islands 31.70 1989
39 Nigeria 30.80 2014
40 South Africa 30.50 2004
41 Comoros 30.20 2012
42 Cameroon 30.10 2011
42 Uganda 30.10 2011
44 Guinea-Bissau 29.90 2010
45 Philippines 29.10 2013
46 Liberia 29.00 2013
47 Botswana 28.70 2007
48 Egypt 28.40 2008
49 Swaziland 28.10 2010
50 Togo 26.90 2014
51 Tajikistan 26.80 2012
52 Syrian Arab Republic 26.50 2009
53 Côte d'Ivoire 26.40 2012
54 Bolivia 26.20 2008
55 Angola 26.10 2007
56 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 25.80 2012
57 Ecuador 24.60 2012
58 Zimbabwe 24.10 2014
58 Congo 24.10 2011
60 The Gambia 23.80 2013
61 Albania 23.40 2009
62 Vietnam 23.20 2010
63 Ukraine 22.80 2000
64 Somalia 22.70 2009
65 Equatorial Guinea 22.20 2010
66 Nicaragua 21.90 2006
67 Iraq 21.70 2011
68 Honduras 20.90 2012
69 Namibia 20.70 2013
70 Haiti 20.30 2012
71 Belize 20.00 2011
71 Vanuatu 20.00 2007
73 Armenia 19.90 2010
74 El Salvador 19.80 2008
75 Uzbekistan 19.70 2006
76 Libya 19.60 2007
77 Mauritania 19.50 2012
78 Panama 18.90 2008
79 Guyana 18.60 2009
80 Senegal 17.80 2014
81 Azerbaijan 17.70 2013
82 Malaysia 17.20 2006
83 Lebanon 17.00 2004
83 Turkmenistan 17.00 2006
85 Ghana 16.80 2014
86 Brunei 16.70 2009
87 Thailand 16.30 2012
88 Kyrgyz Republic 15.50 2012
89 Gabon 15.10 2012
90 Mongolia 14.70 2010
91 Sri Lanka 14.60 2012
92 Morocco 14.00 2011
93 Peru 13.40 2014
94 Kazakhstan 13.00 2010
95 Mexico 12.10 2012
96 Bulgaria 12.00 2004
97 Colombia 11.60 2010
98 Romania 11.10 2002
99 Algeria 10.70 2012
100 Paraguay 10.40 2012
101 Uruguay 10.30 2011
102 Georgia 10.20 2009
103 Barbados 8.90 2012
103 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.90 2012
103 China 8.90 2010
106 Tunisia 8.80 2012
107 Oman 8.50 2009
108 Montenegro 8.40 2013
109 Argentina 8.10 2005
110 Turkey 8.00 2013
111 Saudi Arabia 7.80 2005
112 Suriname 7.70 2010
113 Serbia 7.20 2010
114 Moldova 7.00 2012
115 Fiji 6.90 2004
116 Costa Rica 6.60 2008
117 Canada 6.50 1971
117 Japan 6.50 2010
119 Jordan 6.20 2012
120 Dominican Republic 6.10 2013
121 Jamaica 5.80 2012
121 Brazil 5.80 2007
123 Kuwait 4.50 2014
124 Macedonia 4.30 2011
125 Belarus 4.20 2005
126 Singapore 3.90 2000
127 Trinidad and Tobago 3.50 2000
128 Korea 2.70 2010
129 Hungary 2.40 1984
130 Czech Republic 2.10 2001
131 Greece 1.90 2003
132 Chile 1.60 2014
133 United States 1.20 2012
133 Germany 1.20 2005
135 Netherlands 1.10 1980

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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