Böheim, R. (2002): Why are West African children underweight? Sonderforschungsbereich 386, Discussion Paper 274




The incidence of underweight amongst children under five in Western Africa has been increasing over the last decade (UNICEF, 2002). In Asia, where about two thirds of the world's underweight children live, the rate of underweight declined from about 36 per cent to some 29 per cent between 1990 and 2000. In sub-Saharan Africa, the absolute number of underweight children has increased and is now about 36 per cent. Using new data from Demographic and Health Surveys, I estimate the probability of underweight or a sample of West African children, controlling for selective survival.