Table 4

Current undernutrition among children under 5 in developing countries (based on survey data around 1995)

(% population)
Stunted Wasted
East and south Asia (including China)22357
South Asia (including India)515216
Latin America and Caribbean10183
Near East and North Africa18256
Sub-Saharan Africa334111
  • Source: FAO, The state of food insecurity in the world (1999).

  • Underweight is low weight for age, stunting is low height for age, and wasting is low weight for height. Currently, in all developing countries, 163 million children under 5 are underweight, 199 million are stunted, and 52 million are wasted.