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

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.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Afghanistan 58.50 2004
2 Timor-Leste 47.20 2013
3 Yemen 45.60 2013
4 Lao PDR 42.10 2011
5 Pakistan 41.70 2012
6 Nepal 39.50 2011
7 India 37.90 2014
8 Bangladesh 35.90 2014
9 Indonesia 35.50 2013
10 Bhutan 33.70 2010
11 Myanmar 33.40 2009
12 Cambodia 32.60 2014
13 Philippines 29.10 2013
14 Tajikistan 26.80 2012
15 Syrian Arab Republic 26.50 2009
16 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 25.80 2012
17 Vietnam 23.20 2010
18 Iraq 21.70 2011
19 Armenia 19.90 2010
20 Uzbekistan 19.70 2006
21 Azerbaijan 17.70 2013
22 Malaysia 17.20 2006
23 Lebanon 17.00 2004
23 Turkmenistan 17.00 2006
25 Brunei 16.70 2009
26 Thailand 16.30 2012
27 Kyrgyz Republic 15.50 2012
28 Mongolia 14.70 2010
29 Sri Lanka 14.60 2012
30 Kazakhstan 13.00 2010
31 Georgia 10.20 2009
32 China 8.90 2010
33 Oman 8.50 2009
34 Turkey 8.00 2013
35 Saudi Arabia 7.80 2005
36 Japan 6.50 2010
37 Jordan 6.20 2012
38 Kuwait 4.50 2014
39 Singapore 3.90 2000
40 Korea 2.70 2010

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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