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: 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.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Burundi 55.90 2016
2 Eritrea 50.30 2010
3 Timor-Leste 50.20 2013
4 Papua New Guinea 49.50 2010
5 Madagascar 49.20 2009
6 Guatemala 46.50 2015
6 Yemen 46.50 2013
8 Pakistan 45.00 2012
9 Lao PDR 43.80 2011
10 Nigeria 43.60 2016
11 Mozambique 43.10 2011
12 Dem. Rep. Congo 42.60 2013
13 Niger 42.20 2016
14 Afghanistan 40.90 2013
15 Central African Republic 40.70 2010
16 Zambia 40.00 2013
17 Chad 39.90 2015
18 India 38.40 2015
18 Ethiopia 38.40 2016
20 Sudan 38.20 2014
21 Rwanda 37.90 2015
21 Sierra Leone 37.90 2013
23 Angola 37.60 2016
24 Malawi 37.10 2015
25 Indonesia 36.40 2013
26 Bangladesh 36.10 2014
27 Nepal 35.80 2016
28 Kiribati 34.40 1985
28 Tanzania 34.40 2015
30 Benin 34.00 2014
31 Bhutan 33.60 2010
32 Djibouti 33.50 2012
33 Philippines 33.40 2015
34 Lesotho 33.20 2014
35 Guinea 32.40 2016
35 Cambodia 32.40 2014
37 Liberia 32.10 2013
37 Comoros 32.10 2012
39 Cameroon 31.70 2014
40 Solomon Islands 31.60 2015
41 Botswana 31.40 2007
42 Mali 30.40 2015
43 Myanmar 29.20 2016
44 Uganda 28.90 2016
45 Vanuatu 28.50 2013
46 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 27.90 2012
46 Mauritania 27.90 2015
48 Guinea-Bissau 27.60 2014
49 Syrian Arab Republic 27.50 2009
49 Togo 27.50 2014
51 South Africa 27.40 2016
52 Burkina Faso 27.30 2016
53 Tajikistan 26.80 2012
53 Zimbabwe 26.80 2015
55 Equatorial Guinea 26.20 2011
56 Kenya 26.00 2014
57 Eswatini 25.50 2014
58 Somalia 25.30 2009
59 The Gambia 25.00 2013
60 Vietnam 24.60 2015
61 Nauru 24.00 2007
62 Ecuador 23.90 2014
63 Namibia 23.10 2013
63 Albania 23.10 2009
65 Ukraine 22.90 2000
66 Honduras 22.70 2012
67 Iraq 22.60 2011
68 Egypt 22.30 2014
69 Haiti 21.90 2012
70 Côte d'Ivoire 21.60 2016
71 Cabo Verde 21.40 1994
72 Congo 21.20 2015
73 Libya 21.00 2007
74 Malaysia 20.70 2016
75 Brunei 19.70 2009
76 Uzbekistan 19.60 2006
77 Panama 19.10 2008
78 Ghana 18.80 2014
79 Azerbaijan 18.00 2013
80 Gabon 17.50 2012
81 Nicaragua 17.30 2012
81 Sri Lanka 17.30 2016
83 São Tomé and Principe 17.20 2014
84 Senegal 17.00 2016
85 Lebanon 16.50 2004
86 Bolivia 16.10 2016
87 Belize 15.00 2015
88 Morocco 14.90 2011
89 Oman 14.10 2014
90 Mauritius 13.60 1995
90 El Salvador 13.60 2014
90 Bahrain 13.60 1995
93 Venezuela 13.40 2009
94 Peru 13.10 2016
95 Kyrgyz Republic 12.90 2014
96 Romania 12.80 2002
97 Colombia 12.70 2010
98 Mexico 12.40 2015
99 Guyana 12.00 2014
100 Algeria 11.70 2012
101 Qatar 11.60 1995
102 Turkmenistan 11.50 2015
103 Georgia 11.30 2009
104 Trinidad and Tobago 11.00 2011
105 Mongolia 10.80 2013
106 Uruguay 10.70 2011
107 Thailand 10.50 2016
108 Tunisia 10.10 2012
109 Tuvalu 10.00 2007
110 Turkey 9.50 2013
111 Armenia 9.40 2016
111 Montenegro 9.40 2013
113 Saudi Arabia 9.30 2005
114 Bosnia and Herzegovina 8.90 2012
115 Bulgaria 8.80 2004
115 Suriname 8.80 2010
117 Argentina 8.20 2005
118 Tonga 8.10 2012
118 China 8.10 2013
120 Kazakhstan 8.00 2015
121 Seychelles 7.90 2012
122 Jordan 7.80 2012
123 Barbados 7.70 2012
124 Fiji 7.50 2004
125 Dominican Republic 7.10 2013
125 Japan 7.10 2010
125 Brazil 7.10 2007
128 Cuba 7.00 2000
129 Iran 6.80 2011
130 Moldova 6.40 2012
131 Jamaica 6.20 2014
132 Serbia 6.00 2014
133 Costa Rica 5.60 2008
133 Paraguay 5.60 2016
135 North Macedonia 4.90 2011
135 Kuwait 4.90 2015
137 Samoa 4.70 2014
138 Belarus 4.50 2005
139 Singapore 4.40 2000
140 Czech Republic 2.60 2001
141 Korea 2.50 2010
141 St. Lucia 2.50 2012
143 United States 2.10 2012
144 Australia 2.00 2007
145 Chile 1.80 2014
146 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