Country Comparison > Children under the age of 5 years underweight

RankCountryChildren under the age of 5 years underweight (%)
1Yemen39.9
2Eritrea39.4
3East Timor37.5
4Sudan33.1
5Djibouti29.9
6Chad29.4
7Papua New Guinea27.8
8South Sudan27.7
9Nepal27.2
10Madagascar26.4
11Cambodia24.1
12Congo, Democratic Republic of the23.4
13Pakistan23.1
14Somalia23
15Niger21.8
16Nigeria21.8
17Ethiopia21.1
18Laos21.1
19Central African Republic20.8
20Sri Lanka20.5
21Mauritania19.2
22Afghanistan19.1
23Philippines19.1
24Angola19
25Mali18.6
26Burma18.5
27Maldives17.7
28Indonesia17.7
29Burkina Faso17.7
30Guinea-Bissau17
31Comoros16.9
32Benin16.8
33Guinea16.3
34Solomon Islands16.2
35Togo15.2
36Kiribati14.9
37Tanzania14.6
38Malaysia13.7
39Sierra Leone13.6
40Liberia13.6
41Vietnam13.4
42Senegal13.3
43Namibia13.2
44Bhutan12.7
45Guatemala12.4
46Congo, Republic of the12.3
47Marshall Islands11.9
48Malawi11.8
49Libya11.7
50Vanuatu11.7
51Oman11.2
52Kenya11.2
53Cameroon11
54Lesotho10.5
55Uganda10.4
56Gambia, The10.3
57Zimbabwe9.7
58Rwanda9.6
59Brunei9.6
60Haiti9.5
61Korea, North9.3
62Sao Tome and Principe8.8
63Guyana8.2
64Tajikistan7.6
65Honduras7.1
66Egypt7
67Thailand6.7
68Gabon6.4
69South Africa5.9
70Suriname5.8
71Swaziland5.8
72Equatorial Guinea5.6
73Ecuador5.1
74El Salvador5
75Azerbaijan4.9
76Trinidad and Tobago4.9
77Nicaragua4.6
78Belize4.6
79Mexico4.2
80Iran4.1
81Dominican Republic4
82Uruguay4
83Iraq3.9
84Seychelles3.6
85Barbados3.5
86Bolivia3.4
87Japan3.4
88Turkmenistan3.2
89Samoa3.2
90Jordan3
91Kuwait3
92Algeria3
93Uzbekistan2.9
94Venezuela2.9
95Saint Lucia2.8
96Peru2.6
97Armenia2.6
98China2.4
99Moldova2.2
100Jamaica2.2
101Kazakhstan2
102Mongolia1.9
103Bulgaria1.9
104Tonga1.9
105Serbia1.8
106Kyrgyzstan1.8
107Bosnia and Herzegovina1.6
108Tunisia1.6
109Albania1.5
110Gaza Strip1.4
111West Bank1.4
112Paraguay1.3
113Macedonia1.3
114Georgia1.1
115Montenegro1
116Korea, South0.7
117Chile0.5
118United States0.5

Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2020

See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map

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