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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.

Description: The map displayed here shows how Children under the age of 5 years underweight varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2018

See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight bar chart

 

CountryChildren under the age of 5 years underweight (%)Year
Yemen402013
Eritrea392010
Niger382012
East Timor382013
India362015
Sudan332014
Bangladesh332014
Pakistan322012
Nepal302014
Djibouti302012
Burundi292010
Chad292015
Papua New Guinea282010
Laos272011
Sri Lanka262012
Afghanistan252013
Mauritania252015
Cambodia242014
Ethiopia242016
Central African Republic242010
Congo, Democratic Republic of the232013
Somalia232009
Philippines202013
Indonesia202013
Nigeria192015
Burkina Faso192016
Angola192016
Burma192016
Guinea192012
Sierra Leone182013
Benin182014
Guinea-Bissau172014
Comoros172012
Malawi172014
Gambia, The162013
Togo162014
Cote d'Ivoire162012
Mozambique162011
Senegal162015
Liberia152013
Korea, North152012
Kiribati152009
Cameroon152014
Zambia152013
Vietnam142015
Tanzania142015
Tajikistan132012
Namibia132013
Bhutan132010
Guatemala132015
Malaysia122015
Congo, Republic of the122015
Uganda122012
Haiti122012
Solomon Islands122007
Botswana112007
Zimbabwe112014
Ghana112014
Kenya112014
Vanuatu112013
Lesotho102014
Syria102009
Oman102014
Brunei102009
Rwanda92015
Thailand92012
Sao Tome and Principe92014
South Africa92008
Iraq92011
Guyana92014
Honduras72012
Egypt72014
Gabon72012
Ecuador62012
Albania62009
Suriname62010
Swaziland62014
Equatorial Guinea62010
Libya62007
El Salvador52014
Azerbaijan52013
Nauru52007
Belize52015
Iran42011
Dominican Republic42013
Uruguay42011
Panama42008
Mexico42015
Seychelles42012
Bolivia42012
Barbados42012
Colombia32010
China32010
Japan32010
Turkmenistan32015
Peru32014
Morocco32011
Jordan32012
Kuwait32014
Algeria32012
Venezuela32009
Saint Lucia32012
Kyrgyzstan32014
Armenia32016
Paraguay32012
Jamaica32012
Argentina22005
Tunisia22012
Brazil22007
Moldova22012
Kazakhstan22015
Tonga22012
Turkey22013
Serbia22014
Tuvalu22007
Mongolia22013
Bosnia and Herzegovina22012
Macedonia12011
Costa Rica12008
Georgia12009
Montenegro12013
Korea, South12010
Chile12014
United States12012
Australia02007