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

Definition: Prevalence of stunting, male, is the percentage of boys 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 Burundi 61.70 2010
2 Afghanistan 60.00 2004
3 Timor-Leste 53.10 2013
4 Malawi 51.80 2010
5 Madagascar 51.60 2009
6 Eritrea 51.20 2010
7 Papua New Guinea 50.90 2011
8 Pakistan 48.40 2012
9 Benin 47.90 2006
9 Yemen 47.90 2013
11 Rwanda 47.40 2010
12 Guatemala 47.10 2015
13 Lao PDR 45.50 2011
14 Mozambique 45.30 2011
15 Dem. Rep. Congo 45.00 2013
16 Niger 44.80 2012
17 Central African Republic 43.60 2010
18 Lesotho 43.10 2009
19 Zambia 42.30 2013
20 Nepal 41.30 2011
21 Chad 41.00 2015
21 Ethiopia 41.00 2014
23 Mali 40.70 2006
24 Sudan 40.00 2006
25 India 39.50 2014
26 Sierra Leone 39.00 2013
27 Guinea 37.70 2012
28 Burkina Faso 37.40 2010
29 Uganda 37.30 2011
29 Kenya 37.30 2009
31 Indonesia 37.20 2013
32 Bangladesh 36.90 2014
33 Myanmar 36.70 2009
34 Solomon Islands 35.50 1989
35 Tanzania 35.30 2011
35 Cameroon 35.30 2011
37 South Africa 35.20 2004
38 Nigeria 34.90 2014
39 Liberia 34.80 2013
40 Guinea-Bissau 34.40 2010
41 Cambodia 34.30 2014
42 Swaziland 34.10 2010
42 Comoros 34.10 2012
44 Botswana 34.00 2007
45 Djibouti 33.80 2012
46 Bhutan 33.60 2010
47 Côte d'Ivoire 32.90 2012
48 Angola 32.40 2007
49 Philippines 31.50 2013
50 Vanuatu 31.20 2007
50 São Tomé and Principe 31.20 2008
52 Zimbabwe 31.10 2014
53 Equatorial Guinea 30.30 2010
54 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 29.90 2012
55 Syrian Arab Republic 28.40 2009
56 Togo 28.10 2014
56 Bolivia 28.10 2008
58 Somalia 27.70 2009
59 Tajikistan 26.70 2012
60 The Gambia 26.20 2013
61 Congo 25.80 2011
61 Ecuador 25.80 2012
63 Namibia 25.60 2013
64 Mauritania 24.40 2012
64 Honduras 24.40 2012
66 Nicaragua 24.00 2006
67 Egypt 23.60 2014
68 Iraq 23.50 2011
69 Vietnam 23.40 2010
69 Haiti 23.40 2012
71 Ukraine 22.90 2000
72 Brunei 22.80 2009
72 Albania 22.80 2009
74 Libya 22.20 2007
75 Armenia 21.70 2010
76 El Salvador 21.30 2008
77 Senegal 20.90 2014
78 Turkmenistan 20.70 2006
79 Guyana 20.50 2009
80 Ghana 20.40 2014
81 Kyrgyz Republic 19.90 2012
82 Gabon 19.80 2012
83 Uzbekistan 19.50 2006
83 Panama 19.50 2008
85 Belize 18.60 2011
86 Azerbaijan 18.20 2013
87 Malaysia 17.20 2006
88 Thailand 16.40 2012
88 Mongolia 16.40 2010
90 Lebanon 16.00 2004
91 Morocco 15.80 2011
92 Peru 15.70 2014
93 Mexico 15.10 2012
94 Sri Lanka 14.80 2012
95 Romania 14.40 2002
96 Colombia 13.70 2010
97 Kazakhstan 13.20 2010
97 Uruguay 13.20 2011
99 Algeria 12.60 2012
100 Georgia 12.30 2009
101 Paraguay 11.40 2012
102 Tunisia 11.30 2012
102 Oman 11.30 2009
104 Turkey 10.90 2013
105 Saudi Arabia 10.80 2005
106 Montenegro 10.30 2013
107 Suriname 9.90 2010
107 China 9.90 2010
109 Jordan 9.30 2012
110 Tonga 9.10 2012
111 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.90 2012
111 Barbados 8.90 2012
113 Brazil 8.30 2007
114 Argentina 8.20 2005
115 Dominican Republic 8.00 2013
115 Fiji 8.00 2004
117 Japan 7.60 2010
118 Kuwait 7.30 2014
119 Trinidad and Tobago 7.00 2000
120 Canada 6.40 1971
121 Serbia 5.90 2010
122 Moldova 5.80 2012
123 Jamaica 5.60 2012
123 Macedonia 5.60 2011
125 Bulgaria 5.30 2004
126 Singapore 4.90 2000
127 Costa Rica 4.80 2008
128 Belarus 4.70 2005
129 Hungary 4.10 1984
130 Czech Republic 3.10 2001
131 United States 3.00 2012
132 Korea 2.40 2010
132 Netherlands 2.40 1980
134 Chile 2.10 2014
135 Germany 1.50 2005
136 Greece 1.00 2003

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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