Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5) - Central America & the Caribbean
Definition: Prevalence of stunting is the percentage of children 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.
Description: The map below shows how Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5) varies by country in Central America & the Caribbean. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the region is Guatemala, with a value of 46.50. The country with the lowest value in the region is St. Lucia, with a value of 2.50.
Source: UNICEF, WHO, World Bank: Joint child malnutrition estimates (JME). Aggregation is based on UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank harmonized dataset (adjusted, comparable data) and methodology.
Aggregation method: Linear mixed-effect model estimates
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