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

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.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Timor-Leste 50.20 2013
2 Yemen 46.50 2013
3 Pakistan 45.00 2012
4 Lao PDR 43.80 2011
5 Afghanistan 40.90 2013
6 India 38.40 2015
7 Indonesia 36.40 2013
8 Bangladesh 36.10 2014
9 Nepal 35.80 2016
10 Bhutan 33.60 2010
11 Philippines 33.40 2015
12 Cambodia 32.40 2014
13 Myanmar 29.20 2016
14 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 27.90 2012
15 Syrian Arab Republic 27.50 2009
16 Tajikistan 26.80 2012
17 Vietnam 24.60 2015
18 Iraq 22.60 2011
19 Malaysia 20.70 2016
20 Brunei 19.70 2009
21 Uzbekistan 19.60 2006
22 Azerbaijan 18.00 2013
23 Sri Lanka 17.30 2016
24 Lebanon 16.50 2004
25 Oman 14.10 2014
26 Bahrain 13.60 1995
27 Kyrgyz Republic 12.90 2014
28 Qatar 11.60 1995
29 Turkmenistan 11.50 2015
30 Georgia 11.30 2009
31 Mongolia 10.80 2013
32 Thailand 10.50 2016
33 Turkey 9.50 2013
34 Armenia 9.40 2016
35 Saudi Arabia 9.30 2005
36 China 8.10 2013
37 Kazakhstan 8.00 2015
38 Jordan 7.80 2012
39 Japan 7.10 2010
40 Iran 6.80 2011
41 Kuwait 4.90 2015
42 Singapore 4.40 2000
43 Korea 2.50 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