THE GLOBAL BURDEN OF STUNTING
Stunting is a global problem. Although important progress has been made to reduce child stunting, stunting is declining too slowly and levels still remain unacceptably high.
In April 2019, UN agencies reported that 149 million children under five – almost 22 percent of all children in the age range – were affected by the condition in 2018, depriving many them of the opportunity to achieve their full potential before they even reach school age.
In 2018, more than half of all stunted children under 5 lived in Asia and more than one third lived in Africa.