Nearly 55% of the world’s malnourished population lives in Asia, 437 million chronically undernourished people. One-quarter of Asia’s 350 million children under the age of five are underweight; 100 million children in Asia are stunted because they do not consume the nutrients needed to develop properly. More than 16.5 million children under-five in Asia are overweight, this number is expected to rise to 23.1 million by 2025.

Asia is home to the greatest number of malnourished people and children in the world.

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Bangladesh

More than 54% of preschool-age children, equivalent to more than 9.5 million children, are stunted, 56% are underweight and more than 17% are wasted. Rates of malnutrition in Bangladesh are among the highest in the world. Photo: Muhamed Khaliduzzaman/World Vision 

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Vietnam

One third of children below five are stunted as a result of chronic malnutrition in Vietnam. 2008 figures show about 20 per cent of children are considered underweight and malnourished. Photo: Le Thiem Xuan/World Vision

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Indonesia

36% of children under the age of five in Indonesia suffer from stunted growth; Indonesia has the highest number of overweight children in Southeast Asia, with 12.2 percent facing overnutrition. Photo: Paul Bettings/World Vision]

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Cambodia

Malnutrition affects most Cambodian children: 45 per cent show moderate or severe stunting. Cambodia has the highest infant mortality rate in the region at 97 per 1,000 live births. Photo: Vichheka Sok/World Vision

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India

India has the highest number of stunted children, 61 million, and has more than 25 million children affected by wasting. At the same time, India is the third most obese country in the world. Photo: Ajitson Samuel Justus/World Vision

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Pakistan

58.1% of households in Pakistan are food insecure and only three per cent of children receive a diet that meets the minimum standards of dietary diversity. Photo: Muhammad Ali/World Vision

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Laos

Stunting affects 44% of under-fives in Laos, but in some areas such as the northern highland provinces, rates are as high as 58%. After Timor-Leste, Laos has the highest rate of malnutrition in the East Asia and Pacific region. Photo: Thongxay Phavixay/World Vision

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Afghanistan

The finding of national nutrition survey 2013 revealed that the malnutrition rates among children 0–59 months of age at national level were as follows; stunting 40.9%, severe stunting 20.9% and moderate stunting at 20.0% r. Wasting 9.5%, moderate wasting 5.5% and severe wasting 4.0%. Photo: Chris Weeks/World Vision

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Philippines

About 4 million of the preschool population in the Philippines are underweight-for-age; 3 million adolescents and 5 million adults are underweight and chronically energy deficient. Photo: Jay Mark Mijares/World Vision

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Sources: FOA, UNICEF, Pakistan National Nutrition Survey 2011, UNICEF Nutrition Report 2013, SOS Children website, World Bank, One Goal report: Fuelling Asia’s Future Footballers, National Nutrition Survey Afghanistan 2013. *Statistics based on the most recent and available data.