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Indicator 2.2.2 Prevalence of malnutrition (weight for height >+2 or <-2 standard deviation from the median of the WHO Child Growth Standards) among children under 5 years of age, by type (wasting and overweight)

Prevalence of underweight, overweight or obese children (aged 4 - 5 years) based on Body Mass Index (BMI) classifications

Data for this indicator is available for the 4 countries of the UK. However, as the data is acquired from different data sources for each, it is not possible to provide an overall UK figure.

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Headline data

Source: NHS Digital

Geographical Area: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Prevalence of underweight, overweight or obese children (aged 4 - 5 years) based on Body Mass Index (BMI) classifications

Indicator description

Percentage of 4-5 year old children categorised as underweight, overweight or obese based on body mass index (BMI) classifications.

Geographical coverage

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

The prevalence of undernourishment is an estimate of the proportion of the population whose habitual food consumption is insufficient to provide the dietary energy levels that are required to maintain a normal active and healthy life. It is expressed as a percentage.

Available disaggregations
Calculations

No calculations were performed in the data acquisition of this indicator as appropriate data was readily available in the final format specified by this indicator. For insight into the details of potential calculations please refer to the original source metadata or source contact.

Other information

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has not been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

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This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Prevalence of malnutrition (weight for height >+2 or <-2 standard deviation from the median of the WHO Child Growth Standards) among children under 5 years of age, by type (wasting and overweight)

Target name

By 2030, end all forms of malnutrition, including achieving, by 2025, the internationally agreed targets on stunting and wasting in children under 5 years of age, and address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women and older persons

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organisation (WHO), World Bank (WB)

Link to UN metadata United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Metadata (PDF 233 KB) opens in a new window

Source 1

Organisation

NHS Digital

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2006/07

Geographical coverage

England

Link to data source National Child Measurement Programme  opens in a new window
Release date

11/10/2018

Next release

TBA

Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details

enquiries@digital.nhs.uk

Other information

Source 2

Organisation

Information Services Division and NHS Scotland

Periodicity

annual

Earliest available data

2006/2007

Geographical coverage

Scotland

Link to data source Body Mass Index of Primary 1 Children in Scotland opens in a new window
Release date

13/12/2016

Next release
Statistical classification

National Statistics

Contact details
Other information

Report with data tables

Source 3

Organisation

Health Northern Ireland

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2010/2011

Geographical coverage

Northern Ireland

Link to data source Health Inequalities Regional Report 2016 opens in a new window
Release date

26/10/2016

Next release
Statistical classification

Official Statistic

Contact details
Other information

Source 4

Organisation

NHS Wales

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

2012/2013

Geographical coverage

Wales

Link to data source The Child measuring programme for Wales 2016/17 opens in a new window
Release date

19/04/2018

Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

Official

Contact details

childmeasurementprogramme@wales.nhs.uk

Other information

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