Nutrition is critical for health and development. Good nutrition is related to improved infant, child, and maternal health, stronger immune systems, safer pregnancy and childbirth, lower risk of noncommunicable diseases, and healthy longevity.  Malnutrition, in every form, presents significant threats to human health during the life cycle. As a consequence of malnutrition, nowadays most countries of the Region of the Americas --especially, low- and middle-income countries--, face a double burden of malnutrition that includes both undernutrition and overweight.

This topic aims to provide data and information that allow readers to understand the situation and trends of key indicators of child malnutrition in countries of the Americas.  

This interactive visualization presents the level and trends from 2000 to 2020 of a set of six malnutrition indicators in children under-five years of age, including the prevalence of stunting, wasting, severe wasting, overweight, and underweight, as well as low birth weight newborns in countries of the region. Use the navigation tool, located at the top of the visualization, to move across components (level, trends, and data), and filters to show data from a specific indicator.