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2In developing countries, children from the poorest 20 per cent of households are more than 2 times as likely to be underweight as children from the richest 20 per cent.
Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Target 1C: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger
Indicator 1.8: Prevalence of underweight children under five years of age
There is little difference in underweight prevalence between girls and boys. Yet in all regions of the world, children living in rural areas are more likely to be underweight than those in urban areas. In developing countries, children are twice as likely to be underweight in rural areas as in urban areas. Data disaggregated according to wealth show children from the poorest 20 per cent of households more likely to be underweight than those from the richest 20 per cent.
Source: UNICEF global databases, from MICS, DHS and other national surveys, 2003–2009