Table 1

Definition of included anthropometric indicators, and population-based cut-off values for severity of malnutrition, as defined by the WHO

Severity of malnutrition (prevalence range for <6 years) (%)
Anthropometric measurementLow severityMedium/high severityVery high severity
StuntingHeight-for-age Z-score–2 SD<2020–40>40
Wastingweight-for-height Z-score >–2 SD<55–15>15
Underweightweight-for-age or BMI-for-age Z-score > –2 SD<1010–30>30
  • BMI, body mass index.