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

Prevalence of stunting, height for age (% of children under 5) in Peru was 13.10 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 25 years was 37.30 in 1991, while its lowest value was 13.10 in 2016.

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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Year Value
1991 37.30
1996 31.60
2000 31.30
2005 29.80
2008 28.20
2009 23.90
2010 23.30
2011 19.60
2012 18.40
2013 17.50
2014 14.60
2015 14.40
2016 13.10

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


Topic: Health Indicators

Sub-Topic: Nutrition