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Children under the age of 5 years underweight

Children under the age of 5 years underweight

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.

RankCountry(%)Date of Information
1Timor-Leste45.302010
2India43.502006
3Yemen43.102003
4Bangladesh41.302007
5Niger39.902006
6Madagascar36.802004
7Burundi35.202005
8Eritrea34.502002
9Chad33.902004
10Afghanistan32.902004
11Somalia32.802006
12Sudan31.702006
13Laos31.602006
14Pakistan30.902011
15Djibouti29.602006
16Cote d'Ivoire29.402007
17Ethiopia29.202011
18Nepal29.102011
19Cambodia29.002011
20Congo, Democratic Republic of the28.202007
21Central African Republic28.002006
22Mali27.902006
23Nigeria26.702008
24Burkina Faso26.002009
25Comoros25.002000
26Burma22.602010
27Sri Lanka21.602009
28Sierra Leone21.302008
29Guinea20.802008
30Philippines20.702008
31Korea, North20.602004
32Togo20.502008
33Liberia20.402007
34Benin20.202006
35Vietnam20.202008
36Indonesia19.602007
37Senegal19.202011
38Haiti18.902006
39Mozambique18.302008
40Papua New Guinea18.102005
41Maldives17.802009
42Namibia17.502007
43Guinea-Bissau17.202008
44Tanzania16.702005
45Cameroon16.602006
46Uganda16.402006
47Kenya16.402009
48Mauritania15.902008
49Gambia, The15.802006
50Angola15.602007
51Tajikistan15.002005
52Zambia14.902007
53Sao Tome and Principe14.402009
54Ghana14.302008
55Malawi13.802010
56Lesotho13.502010
57Guatemala13.002009
58Malaysia12.902006
59Bhutan12.702010
60Congo, Republic of the11.802005
61Vanuatu11.702007
62Rwanda11.702011
63South Africa11.602005
64Solomon Islands11.502007
65Botswana11.202008
66Guyana11.102009
67Equatorial Guinea10.602004
68Zimbabwe10.102011
69Syria10.102009
70Gabon8.802001
71Honduras8.602006
72Oman8.602009
73Azerbaijan8.402006
74Suriname7.502006
75Iraq7.102006
76Thailand7.002006
77Egypt6.802008
78El Salvador6.602008
79Albania6.302009
80Ecuador6.202004
81Swaziland6.102007
82Uruguay6.002004
83Nicaragua5.702007
84Libya5.602007
85Armenia5.302010
86Mongolia5.302005
87Saudi Arabia5.302005
88Belize4.902006
89Kazakhstan4.902006
90Nauru4.802007
91Iran4.602004
92Bolivia4.502008
93Peru4.502008
94Trinidad and Tobago4.402000
95Uzbekistan4.402006
96Lebanon4.202004
97Panama3.902008
98Venezuela3.702007
99Algeria3.702005
100Romania3.502002
101Turkey3.502004
102Paraguay3.402005
103Mexico3.402006
104Dominican Republic3.402007
105Cuba3.402000
106Colombia3.402010
107China3.402010
108Singapore3.302000
109Tunisia3.302006
110Moldova3.202005
111Morocco3.102011
112Kyrgyzstan2.702006
113Argentina2.302005
114Montenegro2.202006
115West Bank2.202007
116Brazil2.202007
117Czech Republic2.002007
118Jamaica1.902007
119Jordan1.902009
120Macedonia1.802005
121Serbia1.802006
122Kuwait1.702009
123Tuvalu1.602007
124Bosnia and Herzegovina1.602006
125Bulgaria1.602004
126Belarus1.302005
127United States1.302004
128Georgia1.102009
129Germany1.102006
130Costa Rica1.102009
131Ukraine0.902002
132Chile0.502008