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Field Listing :: 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.

Country Comparison Ranking

By Country Listing of the values for the Children under the age of 5 years underweight field
Country Children under the age of 5 years underweight
Afghanistan
25% (2013)
Albania
6.3% (2009)
Algeria
3% (2012)
Angola
19% (2016)
Armenia
2.6% (2016)
Azerbaijan
4.9% (2013)
Bangladesh
32.6% (2014)
Barbados
3.5% (2012)
Belize
4.6% (2015)
Benin
18% (2014)
Bhutan
12.8% (2010)
Bolivia
3.4% (2016)
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1.5% (2012)
Brunei
9.6% (2009)
Burkina Faso
19.2% (2016)
Burma
18.9% (2016)
Burundi
29.3% (2016)
Cambodia
23.9% (2014)
Cameroon
14.8% (2014)
Central African Republic
23.5% (2010)
Chad
28.8% (2015)
Chile
0.5% (2014)
China
2.4% (2013)
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
12.8% (2016)
Djibouti
29.8% (2012)
Dominican Republic
4% (2013)
Ecuador
5.1% (2014)
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% (2014)

note: estimate is for Gaza Strip and the West Bank

Georgia
1.1% (2009)
Ghana
11% (2014)
Guatemala
12.6% (2015)
Guinea
18.3% (2016)
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
2.3% (2014)
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)
Malawi
11.7% (2015)
Malaysia
13.7% (2016)
Maldives
17.8% (2009)
Mali
25% (2015)
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)
Nepal
27% (2016)
Nicaragua
4.6% (2012)
Niger
31.7% (2016)
Nigeria
31.5% (2016)
North Macedonia
1.3% (2011)
Oman
9.7% (2014)
Pakistan
31.6% (2012)
Panama
3.9% (2008)
Papua New Guinea
27.9% (2010)
Paraguay
1.3% (2016)
Peru
3.1% (2016)
Philippines
21.5% (2015)
Rwanda
8.1% (2015)
Saint Lucia
2.8% (2012)
Samoa
2.7% (2014)
Sao Tome and Principe
8.8% (2014)
Senegal
13.5% (2016)
Serbia
1.8% (2014)
Seychelles
3.6% (2012)
Sierra Leone
18.1% (2013)
Solomon Islands
15.5% (2015)
Somalia
23% (2009)
South Africa
5.9% (2016)
South Sudan
27.6% (2010)
Sri Lanka
20.5% (2016)
Sudan
33% (2014)
Suriname
5.8% (2010)
Syria
10.1% (2009)
Tajikistan
13.3% (2012)
Tanzania
13.7% (2015)
Thailand
6.7% (2016)
Timor-Leste
37.7% (2013)
Togo
16.2% (2014)
Tonga
1.9% (2012)
Trinidad and Tobago
5.5% (2011)
Tunisia
2.3% (2012)
Turkey
1.9% (2013)
Turkmenistan
3.2% (2015)
Uganda
10.5% (2016)
United States
0.5% (2012)
Uruguay
4% (2011)
Vanuatu
10.7% (2013)
Venezuela
2.9% (2009)
Vietnam
14.1% (2015)
West Bank
1.4% (2014)

note: estimate is for Gaza Strip and the West Bank

Yemen
16.3% (2013)
Zambia
14.8% (2013)
Zimbabwe
8.4% (2015)