Country Comparison > Children under the age of 5 years underweight > TOP 50

RankCountryChildren under the age of 5 years underweight (%)
1Yemen39.9
2Eritrea39.4
3East Timor37.5
4India36.3
5Sudan33.5
6Madagascar32.9
7Bangladesh32.8
8Nigeria31.5
9Niger31.4
10Djibouti29.9
11Chad29.4
12Burundi29.3
13South Sudan29.1
14Papua New Guinea27.8
15Nepal27.2
16Laos26.9
17Afghanistan25
18Mali25
19Mauritania24.9
20Central African Republic24.6
21Cambodia24.1
22Ethiopia23.6
23Congo, Democratic Republic of the23.4
24Pakistan23.1
25Somalia23
26Philippines21.5
27Sri Lanka20.5
28Indonesia19.9
29Angola19
30Burma18.5
31Guinea18.3
32Sierra Leone18.2
33Maldives17.7
34Guinea-Bissau17
35Comoros16.9
36Benin16.8
37Gambia, The16.5
38Solomon Islands16.2
39Burkina Faso16.2
40Togo16.1
41Mozambique15.6
42Liberia15.3
43Kiribati14.9
44Zambia14.9
45Cameroon14.8
46Senegal14.4
47Vietnam14.1
48Malaysia13.7
49Tanzania13.7
50Namibia13.2

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, 2019

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

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