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 to the World

CountryCHILDREN 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%
note: estimate is for Gaza Strip and the West Bank (2014)
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)
Macedonia 1.3% (2011)
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)
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%
note: estimate is for Gaza Strip and the West Bank (2014)
Yemen 16.3% (2013)
Zambia 14.8% (2013)
Zimbabwe 8.4% (2015)