Prevalence of underweight, weight for age (% of children under 5) in South Africa was reported at 5.5 % in 2017, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized sources. South Africa - Malnutrition prevalence, weight for age (% of children under 5) - actual values, historical data, forecasts and projections were sourced from the World Bank on September of 2022.

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 south africa malnutrition prevalence weight for age percent of children under 5 wb data

Prevalence of underweight children is the percentage of children under age 5 whose weight for age is more than two standard deviations below the median for the international reference population ages 0-59 months. The data are based on the WHO's child growth standards released in 2006.

South Africa | World Bank Development Indicators