* National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data were analyzed from 2005 to 2014 for the prevalence of undernutrition in US children aged 1-13 years. The anthropometrics from 13,950 children were characterized as z-scores using 2000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) growth charts. These z-scores were categorized according to the recent ASPEN/AND definition of malnutrition/undernutrition. The prevalence of undernutrition combining mild/moderate/severe totaled 13.4% of the children analyzed, which equals approximately 1 in 8 kids with at least 1 indicator for undernutrition. The prevalence of moderate and severe undernutrition together totaled 2.4%, which equals approximately 1 in 40 kids having at least 1 indicator in the moderate or severe category for undernutrition.
† Adjusted by 2018 federal poverty guidelines for a family of 4.
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