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Trends in mild, moderate, and severe stunting and underweight, and progress towards MDG 1 in 141 developing countries

Abigail J Donner, MSc, Gretchen A Stevens, Mariel M Finucane, Ph.D., Christopher J Paciorek Ph.D., Seth R Flaxman, Richard A White, Prof. Majid Ezzati Ph.D.


July 5, 2012
A systematic analysis of population representative data. There is little information on country trends in the complete distributions of children's anthropometric status, which are needed to assess all levels of mild to severe undernutrition. We aimed to estimate trends in the distributions of children's anthropometric status and assess progress towards the Millennium Development Goal 1 (MDG 1) target of halving the prevalence of weight-for-age Z score (WAZ) below −2 between 1990 and 2015 or reaching a prevalence of 2·3% or lower.