Table 3

Approximate numbers of infants and children in all developing countries (millions) affected by severe and moderate wasting, as diagnosed using NCHS and WHO weight-for-height z-score

InfantsChildrenTotal
0–<6 months6–<60 months0–<60 months
n=55.5 millionn=500 millionn=555.5 million
Severe wasting weight-for-height< −3 zNCHS0.88.59.3
WHO3.81620
Moderate wasting weight-for-height ≥−3 to <−2zNCHS2.23841
WHO4.73438
  • NCHS, National Center for Health Statistics.