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

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 Ecuador 23.90 2014
2 Bolivia 16.10 2016
3 Venezuela 13.40 2009
4 Peru 13.10 2016
5 Colombia 12.70 2010
6 Guyana 12.00 2014
7 Uruguay 10.70 2011
8 Suriname 8.80 2010
9 Argentina 8.20 2005
10 Brazil 7.10 2007
11 Paraguay 5.60 2016
12 Chile 1.80 2014

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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