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Last update: Feb 2013

Nutritional status

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Country Year Age Underweight
(moderate and severe, %)*
Underweight
(severe, %)
Stunting
(moderate and severe, %)*
Wasting
(moderate and severe, %)*
Overweight
(including obesity, %)*
Source
Afghanistan2003-20046-59 months33125995National Micronutrient Survey 2004, Tables 5.1-5.3.
Albania2008-20090-59 months5219923DHS 2008-2009, Final report, Table 11.12, p. 175
Algeria20060-59 months3115413MICS 2006, Preliminary report, Table NU.1, p. 38
Andorra
Angola20076-59 months167298National Nutrition Survey 2007, Table 5
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina2005-20066-59 months208110Encuesta Nacional de Nutrición y Salud 2005-06, Datos preliminares, Ministerio de Salud y Ambiente.
Armenia20100-59 months5119417DHS 2010, Final report
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan20060-59 months8225714DHS 2006, Final report, Table 12.1, p. 138
Bahamas
Bahrain19950-59 monthsFamily Health Survey, Final Report, p.192.
Bangladesh20110-59 months 361041162DHS 2011, Preliminary report
Barbados
Belarus20050-59 months114210MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Nov 2007
Belgium
Belize20060-59 months4122214MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ May 2009
Benin20060-59 months18543811DHS 2006, Final report, Table 12.1, p. 172
Bhutan20100-59 months1333468MICS 2010, Preliminary report, Table NU.1
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)20080-59 months412719DHS 2008, Final report, Table 11.9.2, p. 213
Bosnia and Herzegovina20050-59 months1010426MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Nov 2007
Botswana20070-59 months11431711Family Health Survey 2007, additional calculation by UNICEF HQ
Brazil20060-59 months2727MOH, PNDS 2006, Table 1, p. 255
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria14
Burkina Faso20100-59 months2673511Burkina Faso Annual Nutrition Survey 2010, Table 13, p. 27
Burundi20100-59 months2985863DHS 2010
Cambodia20100-59 months28740112CSES 2010
Cameroon20110-59 months1553366DHS MICS Preliminary 2011
Canada
Cape Verde20066-59 monthsQuestionário Unificado de Indicadores Básicos de Bem-Estar, INE, 2006, Tab 27
Central African Republic 20100-59 months2484172MICS Preliminary 2010
Chad20100-59 months301339163MICS Preliminary 2010
Chile20060-71 months10Ministerio de Salud. Departamento de Estadísticas de Salud. Anexo Salud2
China20100-59 months4..1027CDC 2010
Colombia20100-59 months311315DHS 2010, Final report, Table 11.10.1, p. 296
Comoros20040-59 months22Enquête Intégrale Auprès des Ménages (EIM) 2004, Table 10, p. 19.
Congo20050-59 months1133089DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Jul 2008
Democratic Republic of the Congo20100-59 months248439MICS 2010, Final report, Table NU.1
Cook Islands19970-59 monthsSouth Pacific Islands Regional Millennium Development Goals Report 2004, Table 1.1, p. 24.
Costa Rica2008-20090-59 months1618National Nutrition Survey (ENN) 2008-2009, additional calculation by WHO
Côte d'Ivoire20116-59 months165275CIV_Enquête nutritionnelle nationale basee sur la methodologie SMART_2012
Croatia1995-199612-71 monthsGrowth Monitoring of Pre-School Children 1997, UNICEF, Tables 1-3.
Cuba20050-59 monthsNational Survey of the Nutrition and Food Hygiene Institute 2005
Cyprus
Czech Republic4
Denmark
Djibouti20106-59 months235311010SMART survey 2010, Tables 7.4.1-3, p. 36
Dominica
Dominican Republic20070-59 months301028DHS 2007, Final report, Table 6.1, p. 77
Ecuador20040-59 months65CEPAR, ENDEMAIN 2004, Tables 12.9 & 12.11.
Egypt20080-59 months6129721DHS 2008, Final report, Table 14.1, p. 185
El Salvador20083 - 59 months611916FESAL 2008. Tables 12.19-12.24, pp. 376-381
Equatorial Guinea20040-59 months11?3538Other, 2004
Eritrea20020-59 months351344152DHS 2002, Re-analyzed by WHO Nov 2007
Estonia
Ethiopia20110-59 months29944102DHS 2011
Fiji
Finland
France
Gabon20000-59 months822546DHS 2000, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Jul 2008
Gambia20100-59 months18424102MICS 2010, Preliminary report, Table NU.1
Georgia20090-59 months1111220National nutrition survey 2009, Tables 45 - 49, pp. 75 - 80
Germany4
Ghana20080-59 months1432896DHS 2008, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 181
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala2008-20093-59 months134815ENSMI 2008-09 final, additional calculation by WHO
Guinea20080-59 months217408Enquête Nationale sur l'état nutritionnel et le suivi des indicateurs de Survie de l'Enfant (ENENSE), Table 6.10a
Guinea-Bissau20100-59 months1853263MICS 2010, Preliminary report, Table NU.1
Guyana20090-59 months1121856DHS 2009
Haiti20060-59 months18629104DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Jul 2008
Holy See
Honduras2005-20060-59 months812916DHS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Jul 2008
Hungary
Iceland
India2005-20060-59 months431648202NFHS 2005-06, Final report, Table 10.1, p. 270
Indonesia20100-59 months185361314IDN_Basic Health Research_2010
Iran (Islamic Republic of)20040-59 monthsAnthropometric and Nutrition Indicators Survey 2004
Iraq20060-59 months6226615MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Nov 2007
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica20070-59 months242Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions 2007, Table D-1, Appendix
Japan
Jordan20090-59 months20827DHS 2009, Final report, Table 8.1, p. 82
Kazakhstan20060-59 months4117517MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Nov 2007
Kenya2008-20090-59 months1643575DHS 2008-2009, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 143
Kiribati19990-59 monthsSouth Pacific Islands Regional Millennium Development Goals Report 2004, Table 1.1, p. 24.
Democratic People's Republic of Korea20090-59 months194325MICS 2009, Final report, Table NU.1
Kuwait19960-59 months9Kuwait Family Health Survey, Final Report, p. 192.
Kyrgyzstan20060-59 months2018311MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Nov 2007
Lao People's Democratic Republic20060-59 months3194871MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Jul 2008
Latvia
Lebanon20040-59 months17PAPFAM 2004, Table 12, p. 34.
Lesotho20090-59 months1323947DHS 2009, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 133
Liberia20106-59 months1524234Food Security and Nutrition Survey 2010, Table 5.1, p. 81
Libya19950-59 months421422PAPCHILD, MCH Survey 1995, Re-analyzed by WHO Nov 2007
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar2008-20090 - 59 months36?5015DHS 2008-2009, Final report, Table 11.12, p. 203
Malawi20100-59 months1334749DHS 2010, Final report
Malaysia20060-59 months1317Nutritional Status of Children below Five Years in Malaysia: Anthropometric Analyses from the Third National Health and Morbidity Survey III (NHMS, 2006).
Maldives20090-59 months17319117DHS 2009, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 118
Mali20060-59 months27103815DHS 2006, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 175
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritania20106-59 months2042312SMART survey 2010, Table 29, p. 51
Mauritius19950-59 monthsSurvey on Nutrition in Mauritius and Rodrigues 1995, Final Report, Ministry of Health.
Mexico20060-59 months31628Encuesta Nacional de Salud y Nutrición 2006, p. 89, additional analysis by WHO
Micronesia (Federated States of)19970-59 monthsSouth Pacific Islands Regional Millennium Development Goals Report 2004, Table 1.1, p. 24.
Republic of Moldova20050-59 months311059DHS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ May 2009
Monaco
Mongolia20100-59 months5216214MICS Summary Report 2010
Montenegro20050-59 months217416MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Nov 2007
Morocco2010-20110-59 months3..15211ENPSF 2011
Mozambique20110-59 months1544367MOZ_DHS 2011(Prelim)_2011
Myanmar2009-20100-59 months2363583MICS 2009-2010, Final report, Table NU.1
Namibia2006-20070-59 months1742985DHS 2006-07, Final report, Table 12.1, pp. 149-150
Nauru20070-59 months512413DHS 2007, Preliminary report, Table 11.3
Nepal20110-59 months29841111DHS 2011
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua2006-20070-59 months612216ENDESA 2006-07, Final report, Table 9.6.1, p. 313
Niger20116-59 months391251124Other, 2011
Nigeria20080-59 months239411411DHS 2008, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 165
Niue
Norway
Oman20090-59 months911072OMN_National Health Survey for Protein Energy Malnutrition_2009
Pakistan20110-59 months321244156Other, 2011 Preliminary
Palau
Panama20080 - 60 months4191Encuesta de Niveles de Vida 2008, Tables 2, 4, 6, pp. 14, 20, 27
Papua New Guinea20056-59 months1854353National Micronutrient Survey 2005, Tables 3.1.1-3.1.6, pp. 12-19
Paraguay20050-59 months31817Análisis de la situación de salud infantil y antropometría en menores de 5 años. Paraguay EPH 2005. Marta Cristina Sanabria. Informe de consultoría. PNUD Paraguay
Peru20110-59 months41200DHS 2011
Philippines20080 - 60 months223273FNRI, 7th National Nutrition Survey 2008, p. 62
Poland
Portugal
Qatar19950-71 monthsNational Nutritional Assessment 1996.
Romania20020-59 months411348National Nutrition Survey 2002, Re-analyzed by WHO Jan 2007
Russian Federation19950-59 monthsRussian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey 1995, UNC Chapel Hill.
Rwanda20100-59 months1124437DHS 2010, Final report
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe2008-20090-59 months133291112DHS 2008-2009, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 159
Saudi Arabia19960-59 months6Family Health Survey 1996, Final Report, p. 191.
Senegal2010-20110-59 months18527103DHS MICS 2010-2011
Serbia20100-59 months217416MICS 2010
Seychelles
Sierra Leone20100-59 months22844910MICS 2010
Singapore20000-59 months30443WHO Database, citing National Healthcare Group Polyclinics Anthropometric Growth Charts for Singapore Preschool Children 2000.
Slovakia
Slovenia
Solomon Islands20070-59 months1223343DHS 2007, Preliminary report, Table 11.3
Somalia20060-59 months321242135MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Nov 2007
South Africa20080-59 months9245National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) 2008, additional calculation by WHO
South Sudan20100-59 months28123123MICS 2010
Spain
Sri Lanka2006-20070 - 59 months21417151DHS 2006-2007, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 159
State of Palestine20060-59 monthsPalestinian Family Health Survey 2006, Preliminary Report, Tables 20-22, pp. 52-54.
Sudan20100-59 months32133516SHHS 2010
Suriname20060-59 months711154MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Jul 2008
Swaziland20100-59 months6131111MICS 2010
Sweden
Switzerland
Syrian Arab Republic20090-59 months10281218PAPFAM 2009, additional calculation by WHO
Tajikistan20070-59 months156397LSMS 2007, Table 2.1, p. 13
United Republic of Tanzania20100-59 months1644256DHS 2010, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 165
Thailand2005-20060-59 months711658MICS 2005-06, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Nov 2007
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia20110-59 months 105216MICS Preliminary 2011
Timor-Leste2009-20100-59 months451558196DHS 2009-2010, Final report, Table 12.1, p. 149
Togo20100-59 months1743052MICS 2010
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago20000-59 months5MICS 2000, Reanalyzed by UNICEF HQ.
Tunisia20060-59 months3939MICS 2006, additional calculation by WHO
Turkey20080 - 59 months20121DHS 2008, Final report, Table E.1, p. 258
Turkmenistan20050-59 months82197MICS 2005, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ, Nov 2007
Tuvalu20070-59 months201036DHS 2007, Preliminary report, Table 10
Uganda20110-59 months1433353pDHS 2011
Ukraine20026-39 monthsNational Micronutrients Survey 2004.
United Arab Emirates19950-59 monthsFamily Health Survey 1995, Final Report, p. 190.
United Kingdom
United States1999-200224-59 months10308WHO Database citing Hedley AA et al, "Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity among US Children, Adolescents and Adults 1999-2002" JAMA 2004, 291:2847-50.
Uruguay20020-59 months521529SISVEN - Ministerio de Salud Pública 2002, with additional analysis by WHO
Uzbekistan20060-59 months4119413MICS 2006, Re-analyzed by UNICEF HQ Nov 2007
Vanuatu20070-59 months5MICS 2007, Final report, Table NU.1, p. 22
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)20070-59 months41656INN, SISVAN 2007, additional calculation by WHO
Viet Nam20110-59 months122234MICS 2010-2011
Yemen20030-59 months431958155Family Health Survey 2003, Re-analyzed by WHO May 2009
Zambia20070-59 months1534558DHS 2007, Final report, Table 11.1, p. 162
Zimbabwe2010-20110-59 months1023236DHS 2010-2011


Country Underweight
(moderate and severe, %)*
Underweight
(severe, %)
Footnote Stunting
(moderate and severe, %)*
Wasting
(moderate and severe, %)*
Overweight
(including obesity, %)*
Sub-Saharan Africa2174097
Eastern and Southern Africa1854075
West and Central Africa23839129
Middle East and North Africa8-20912
South Asia331439163
East Asia and the Pacific64**1245
Latin America and the Caribbean3-1227
CEE/CIS2-12116
Industrialized countries2-7215
Least developed countries23738104
World1610**2687


Notes:

* Regional averages for underweight (moderate and severe), stunting (moderate and severe), wasting (moderate and severe) and overweight (including obesity) are estimated using statistical modelling of data from the UNICEF and WHO Joint Global Nutrition Database, 2011 revision (completed July 2012). The severe underweight indicator was not included in this exercise; regional averages for this indicator are based on a population-weighted average calculated by UNICEF.

 

** Excludes China.