Figure 5.2 Prevalence of stunting among children under five, 1990–2013
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Sources: China CDC, China Nutrition and Health Surveillance (1992, 2002 and 2013 data); China Food and Nutrition Surveillance System, other years
The prevalence of stunting24 (low height-for-age) decreased from 33.1 per cent in 1990 to 8.1 per cent in 2013. Between 1990 and 2013, stunting among urban children decreased from 11.4 per cent to 4.3 per cent while rural children’s stunting prevalence decreased from 40.3 per cent to 11.2 per cent. Specifically, in poor rural areas, the prevalence of stunting remained high in 2013, at about 18.7 per cent. Stunting is measured according to WHO Child Growth Standards.