Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Child malnutrition

Child malnutrition estimates for the indicators stunting, wasting, overweight and underweight describe the magnitude and patterns of under- and overnutrition. Global and regional estimates in prevalence and numbers for each indicator are updated on a regular basis.

In 2016, globally there were 155 million children under 5 years of age stunted, 52 million wasted and 41 million overweight.

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23%of all children under 5 years were stunted in 2016

Interactive dashboard on prevalence of stunting in children under five years


17 millionout of 52 million children under five years were severely wasted in 2016

Interactive map on child wasting in children under five years


48%increase of the number of overweight children under 5 in Africa since 2000

Joint child malnutrition estimates - Levels and trends (2017 edition)