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WHO Child Growth Standards

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Happy childrenEnvironmental differences rather than genetic endowments are the principal determinants of disparities in physical growth. Infant and child growth standards derived from a worldwide sample of children describe how children should grow, in all settings, given the optimum start in life.

WHO recommends that Member States integrate WHO Child Growth Standards into child health programmes to ensure their implementation.

WHO Child Growth Standards 

Statistics and figures

WHO has several nutrition-related global databases. They include data for countries in the Region. Please click on the links to access them.

Vitamin and Mineral Nutrition Information System

WHO Global Database on Body Mass Index

WHO Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition

WHO Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding

Some nutrition-related data from the Regional Health Observatory:

Estimates of anaemia in non-pregnant women of reproductive age

Anaemia in preschool-age children

Trend estimates for under 5 child malnutrition: