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

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.

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. Adjusted, comparable data are available at http://www.who.int/nutgr

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

Find indicator:
Rank Country Value Year
1 Afghanistan 59.30 2004
2 Burundi 57.50 2010
3 Eritrea 50.30 2010
4 Timor-Leste 50.20 2013
5 Papua New Guinea 49.50 2011
6 Madagascar 49.20 2009
7 Yemen 46.80 2013
8 Guatemala 46.50 2015
9 Pakistan 45.00 2012
10 Rwanda 44.30 2010
11 Lao PDR 43.80 2011
12 Mozambique 43.10 2011
13 Niger 43.00 2012
14 Dem. Rep. Congo 42.60 2013
15 Malawi 42.40 2014
16 Central African Republic 40.70 2010
17 Ethiopia 40.40 2014
18 Zambia 40.00 2013
19 Chad 39.90 2015
20 India 38.70 2014
21 Mali 38.50 2006
22 Sudan 38.20 2014
23 Sierra Leone 37.90 2013
24 Nepal 37.40 2014
25 Bangladesh 36.40 2014
25 Indonesia 36.40 2013
27 Guinea 35.80 2012
28 Burkina Faso 35.10 2010
28 Myanmar 35.10 2009
30 Tanzania 34.80 2011
31 Kiribati 34.40 1985
32 Benin 34.00 2014
33 Uganda 33.70 2011
34 Bhutan 33.60 2010
35 Djibouti 33.50 2012
35 Cambodia 33.50 2014
37 Lesotho 33.20 2014
38 Nigeria 32.90 2014
39 Solomon Islands 32.80 2007
40 Liberia 32.10 2013
40 Comoros 32.10 2012
42 Cameroon 31.70 2014
43 Botswana 31.40 2007
44 Philippines 30.30 2013
45 Côte d'Ivoire 29.60 2012
46 Angola 29.20 2007
47 Vanuatu 28.50 2013
48 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 27.90 2012
49 Guinea-Bissau 27.60 2014
49 Zimbabwe 27.60 2014
51 Syrian Arab Republic 27.50 2009
51 Togo 27.50 2014
53 Bolivia 27.20 2008
54 Tajikistan 26.80 2012
55 Equatorial Guinea 26.20 2010
56 Kenya 26.00 2014
57 Swaziland 25.50 2014
58 Somalia 25.30 2009
59 Ecuador 25.20 2012
60 The Gambia 25.00 2013
61 Nauru 24.00 2007
62 South Africa 23.90 2008
63 Vietnam 23.30 2010
64 Namibia 23.10 2013
64 Albania 23.10 2009
66 Nicaragua 23.00 2006
67 Honduras 22.70 2012
68 Iraq 22.60 2011
69 Egypt 22.30 2014
70 Mauritania 22.00 2012
71 Haiti 21.90 2012
72 Cabo Verde 21.40 1994
73 Congo 21.20 2015
74 Libya 21.00 2007
75 Armenia 20.80 2010
76 Brunei 19.70 2009
77 Uzbekistan 19.60 2006
78 Senegal 19.40 2014
79 Belize 19.30 2011
80 Panama 19.10 2008
81 Turkmenistan 18.90 2006
82 Ghana 18.70 2014
83 Azerbaijan 18.00 2013
84 Gabon 17.50 2012
85 Malaysia 17.20 2006
85 São Tomé and Principe 17.20 2014
87 Lebanon 16.50 2004
88 Thailand 16.30 2012
89 Morocco 14.90 2011
90 Sri Lanka 14.70 2012
91 Peru 14.60 2014
92 Oman 14.10 2014
93 El Salvador 14.00 2014
94 Mauritius 13.60 1995
94 Mexico 13.60 2012
94 Bahrain 13.60 1995
97 Venezuela 13.40 2009
98 Kazakhstan 13.10 2010
99 Kyrgyz Republic 12.90 2014
100 Romania 12.80 2002
101 Colombia 12.70 2010
102 Guyana 12.00 2014
103 Uruguay 11.70 2011
103 Algeria 11.70 2012
105 Qatar 11.60 1995
106 Georgia 11.30 2009
107 Paraguay 10.90 2012
108 Mongolia 10.80 2013
109 Tunisia 10.10 2012
110 Tuvalu 10.00 2007
111 Turkey 9.50 2013
112 China 9.40 2010
112 Montenegro 9.40 2013
114 Saudi Arabia 9.30 2005
115 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.90 2012
116 Suriname 8.80 2010
116 Bulgaria 8.80 2004
118 Argentina 8.20 2005
119 Tonga 8.10 2012
120 Seychelles 7.90 2012
121 Jordan 7.80 2012
122 Barbados 7.70 2012
123 Fiji 7.50 2004
124 Japan 7.10 2010
124 Iran 7.10 2004
124 Brazil 7.10 2007
124 Dominican Republic 7.10 2013
128 Cuba 7.00 2000
129 Moldova 6.40 2012
129 Samoa 6.40 1999
129 Canada 6.40 1971
132 Serbia 6.00 2014
133 Kuwait 5.80 2014
134 Jamaica 5.70 2012
135 Costa Rica 5.60 2008
136 Trinidad and Tobago 5.30 2000
137 Macedonia 4.90 2011
138 Belarus 4.50 2005
139 Singapore 4.40 2000
140 Italy 4.30 1976
140 Ukraine 4.30 2002
142 United Kingdom 3.90 1976
143 Hungary 3.30 1984
144 Czech Republic 2.60 2001
145 St. Lucia 2.50 2012
145 Korea 2.50 2010
147 United States 2.10 2012
148 Netherlands 1.80 1980
148 Chile 1.80 2014
148 Australia 1.80 2007
151 Greece 1.50 2003
152 Croatia 1.40 1996
153 Germany 1.30 2005

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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