Mauritania - Prevalence of underweight, weight for age, male (% of children under 5)

Prevalence of underweight, weight for age, male (% of children under 5) in Mauritania was 21.80 as of 2012. Its highest value over the past 22 years was 44.60 in 1990, while its lowest value was 17.80 in 2008.

Definition: Prevalence of underweight, male, is the percentage of boys under age 5 whose weight for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. 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.

See also:

Year Value
1990 44.60
2000 32.70
2007 23.60
2008 17.80
2011 25.80
2012 21.80

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

Classification

Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Nutrition