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FIELD LISTING :: CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 YEARS UNDERWEIGHT Print
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.


Country Comparison to the World

CountryCHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 5 YEARS UNDERWEIGHT(%)
Afghanistan 25% (2013)
Albania 6.3% (2009)
Algeria 3% (2012)
Angola 19% (2016)
Argentina 2.3% (2005)
Armenia 2.6% (2016)
Australia 0.2% (2007)
Azerbaijan 4.9% (2013)
Bangladesh 32.6% (2014)
Barbados 3.5% (2012)
Belize 4.6% (2015)
Benin 18% (2014)
Bhutan 12.8% (2010)
Bolivia 3.6% (2012)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.5% (2012)
Botswana 11.2% (2007)
Brazil 2.2% (2007)
Brunei 9.6% (2009)
Burkina Faso 19.2% (2016)
Burma 18.9% (2016)
Burundi 29.1% (2010)
Cambodia 23.9% (2014)
Cameroon 14.8% (2014)
Central African Republic 23.5% (2010)
Chad 28.8% (2015)
Chile 0.5% (2014)
China 3.4% (2010)
Colombia 3.4% (2010)
Comoros 16.9% (2012)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 23.4% (2013)
Congo, Republic of the 12.3% (2015)
Costa Rica 1.1% (2008)
Cote d'Ivoire 15.7% (2012)
Djibouti 29.8% (2012)
Dominican Republic 4% (2013)
Ecuador 6.4% (2012)
Egypt 7% (2014)
El Salvador 5% (2014)
Equatorial Guinea 5.6% (2010)
Eritrea 38.8% (2010)
Eswatini 5.8% (2014)
Ethiopia 23.6% (2016)
Gabon 6.5% (2012)
Gambia, The 16.4% (2013)
Gaza Strip 1.4%
note: estimate is for Gaza and the West Bank (2014)
Georgia 1.1% (2009)
Ghana 11% (2014)
Guatemala 12.6% (2015)
Guinea 18.7% (2012)
Guinea-Bissau 17% (2014)
Guyana 8.5% (2014)
Haiti 11.6% (2012)
Honduras 7.1% (2012)
India 35.7% (2015)
Indonesia 19.9% (2013)
Iran 4.1% (2011)
Iraq 8.5% (2011)
Jamaica 2.5% (2012)
Japan 3.4% (2010)
Jordan 3% (2012)
Kazakhstan 2% (2015)
Kenya 11% (2014)
Kiribati 14.9% (2009)
Korea, North 15.2% (2012)
Korea, South 0.7% (2010)
Kuwait 3% (2014)
Kyrgyzstan 2.8% (2014)
Laos 26.5% (2011)
Lesotho 10.3% (2014)
Liberia 15.3% (2013)
Libya 5.6% (2007)
Macedonia 1.3% (2011)
Malawi 16.7% (2014)
Malaysia 12.4% (2015)
Maldives 17.8% (2009)
Mauritania 24.9% (2015)
Mexico 3.9% (2015)
Moldova 2.2% (2012)
Mongolia 1.6% (2013)
Montenegro 1% (2013)
Morocco 3.1% (2011)
Mozambique 15.6% (2011)
Namibia 13.2% (2013)
Nauru 4.8% (2007)
Nepal 30.1% (2014)
Niger 37.9% (2012)
Nigeria 19.4% (2015)
Oman 9.7% (2014)
Pakistan 31.6% (2012)
Panama 3.9% (2008)
Papua New Guinea 27.9% (2010)
Paraguay 2.6% (2012)
Peru 3.1% (2014)
Philippines 19.9% (2013)
Rwanda 9.3% (2015)
Saint Lucia 2.8% (2012)
Sao Tome and Principe 8.8% (2014)
Senegal 15.5% (2015)
Serbia 1.8% (2014)
Seychelles 3.6% (2012)
Sierra Leone 18.1% (2013)
Solomon Islands 11.5% (2007)
Somalia 23% (2009)
South Africa 8.7% (2008)
South Sudan 27.6% (2010)
Sri Lanka 26.3% (2012)
Sudan 33% (2014)
Suriname 5.8% (2010)
Syria 10.1% (2009)
Tajikistan 13.3% (2012)
Tanzania 13.7% (2015)
Thailand 9.2% (2012)
Timor-Leste 37.7% (2013)
Togo 16.2% (2014)
Tonga 1.9% (2012)
Tunisia 2.3% (2012)
Turkey 1.9% (2013)
Turkmenistan 3.2% (2015)
Tuvalu 1.6% (2007)
Uganda 12% (2012)
United States 0.5% (2012)
Uruguay 4% (2011)
Vanuatu 10.7% (2013)
Venezuela 2.9% (2009)
Vietnam 14.1% (2015)
West Bank 1.4%
note: estimate are for Gaza and the West Bank (2014)
Yemen 39.9% (2013)
Zambia 14.8% (2013)
Zimbabwe 11.2% (2014)