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 32.9% (2004)
Albania 6.3% (2009)
Algeria 3.7% (2005)
Angola 15.6% (2007)
Argentina 2.3% (2005)
Armenia 5.3% (2010)
Australia 0.2% (2007)
Azerbaijan 8.4% (2006)
Bangladesh 36.8% (2011)
Belarus 1.3% (2005)
Belize 6.2% (2011)
Benin 20.2% (2006)
Bhutan 12.8% (2010)
Bolivia 4.5% (2008)
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.5% (2012)
Botswana 11.2% (2008)
Brazil 2.2% (2007)
Bulgaria 1.6% (2004)
Burkina Faso 26.2% (2010)
Burma 22.6% (2010)
Burundi 29.1% (2011)
Cambodia 29% (2011)
Cameroon 15.1% (2011)
Central African Republic 23.5% (2011)
Chad 30.3% (2010)
Chile 0.5% (2013)
China 3.4% (2010)
Colombia 3.4% (2010)
Comoros 16.9% (2012)
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 24.2% (2010)
Congo, Republic of the 11.8% (2012)
Costa Rica 1.1% (2009)
Cote d'Ivoire 15.7% (2012)
Cuba 3.4% (2000)
Czech Republic 2% (2007)
Djibouti 29.8% (2012)
Dominican Republic 3.4% (2007)
Ecuador 6.2% (2004)
Egypt 6.8% (2008)
El Salvador 6.6% (2008)
Equatorial Guinea 5.6% (2010)
Eritrea 34.5% (2002)
Ethiopia 29.2% (2011)
Fiji 5.3% (2004)
Gabon 6.5% (2012)
Gambia, The 17.4% (2010)
Georgia 1.1% (2009)
Germany 1.1% (2006)
Ghana 13.4% (2011)
Guatemala 13% (2009)
Guinea-Bissau 18.1% (2010)
Guinea 18.7% (2012)
Guyana 11.1% (2009)
Haiti 11.6% (2012)
Honduras 7.1% (2012)
India 43.5% (2006)
Indonesia 19.9% (2013)
Iran 4.6% (2004)
Iraq 8.5% (2011)
Jamaica 3.2% (2010)
Jordan 3% (2012)
Kazakhstan 3.7% (2011)
Kenya 16.4% (2009)
Kiribati 14.9% (2009)
Korea, North 15.2% (2012)
Korea, South 0.6% (2012)
Kuwait 2.2% (2012)
Kyrgyzstan 3.7% (2012)
Laos 26.5% (2012)
Lebanon 4.2% (2004)
Lesotho 13.5% (2010)
Liberia 20.4% (2007)
Libya 5.6% (2007)
Macedonia 1.3% (2011)
Madagascar 36.8% (2004)
Malawi 13.8% (2010)
Malaysia 12.9% (2006)
Maldives 17.8% (2009)
Mali 27.9% (2006)
Mauritania 19.5% (2012)
Mexico 2.8% (2012)
Moldova 3.2% (2005)
Mongolia 4.7% (2010)
Montenegro 1% (2013)
Morocco 3.1% (2011)
Mozambique 15.6% (2011)
Namibia 17.5% (2007)
Nauru 4.8% (2007)
Nepal 29.1% (2011)
Nicaragua 5.7% (2007)
Nigeria 31% (2013)
Niger 37.9% (2012)
Oman 8.6% (2009)
Pakistan 31.6% (2013)
Panama 3.9% (2008)
Papua New Guinea 27.9% (2011)
Paraguay 3.4% (2005)
Peru 3.5% (2012)
Philippines 20.2% (2011)
Romania 3.5% (2002)
Rwanda 11.7% (2011)
Saint Lucia 2.8% (2012)
Sao Tome and Principe 14.4% (2009)
Saudi Arabia 5.3% (2005)
Senegal 16.8% (2013)
Serbia 1.6% (2010)
Sierra Leone 18.6% (2010)
Singapore 3.3% (2000)
Solomon Islands 11.5% (2007)
Somalia 32.8% (2006)
South Africa 8.7% (2008)
South Sudan 32.5% (2006)
Sri Lanka 26.3% (2012)
Sudan 27% (2006)
Suriname 5.8% (2010)
Swaziland 5.8% (2010)
Syria 10.1% (2009)
Tajikistan 13.3% (2012)
Tanzania 13.6% (2011)
Thailand 9.2% (2012)
Timor-Leste 45.3% (2010)
Togo 16.5% (2010)
Trinidad and Tobago 4.4% (2000)
Tunisia 2.3% (2012)
Turkey 1.7% (2008)
Turkmenistan 10.5% (2000)
Tuvalu 1.6% (2007)
Uganda 14.1% (2011)
Ukraine 0.9% (2002)
United States 0.5% (2012)
Uruguay 4.5% (2011)
Uzbekistan 4.4% (2006)
Vanuatu 11.7% (2007)
Venezuela 2.9% (2009)
Vietnam 12% (2011)
Yemen 43.1% (2003)
Zambia 14.9% (2007)
Zimbabwe 10.1% (2011)