Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
Around one quarter of all under-fives in the developing world are underweight. This accounts for about 148 million underweight children in developing countries (by the NCHS/WHO/CDC reference population). Of these 148 million underweight children, nearly three quarters live in just 10 countries.
Significant variation in underweight prevalence exists among children under-five of the developing world. The highest levels of underweight prevalence are found in South Asia, where more than 40 per cent of children under five are underweight. In sub-Saharan Africa around one quarter of all children under-five are underweight. The lowest levels are found in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Central and Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS).