Nutrition in nations

Variable Measurement Era SPSS code N Source
Daily calories Average number per day 1988 Calory1_1988 42 Kurian 1992 table 191
% less than 2500 per day 1988 Calory2_1988 42 Kurian 1992 table 192
% of requirement 1981 Calory3_1981 43 UN WDR 1984: 264-265
1997 Calory3_1997 88 HDR table 23
Undernourishment % undernourished of total population 1990-1992 Hunger_1990.92 117 UN-HDR 2007 table 7
2002-2004 Hunger_2002.04 122 UN-HDR 2007 table 7
Children underweight % undernourished > age 5 1990-2005 Underweight1_1990.2005 104 UN-HDR 2007 table 7
% infants with low birthweight 1998-2005 Underweight2_1998.2005 161 UN-HDR 2007 table 7

1 More calories is not always better. Intake seems too high in several developed nations.
2 Amount of daily calories needed is 2500. All countries at or above that level coded 0. Cases below coded as number less than the required 2500. In this dataset only a few countries score below that level (India, China, Nigeria and the Philippines)
3 Developing countries only


Related variables:

Related topics:
Physical health
Poverty
Standard of living
Wealth
Related themes:
Consumption

States of Nations is an inventory of country characteristics. It is part of the World Database of Happiness


Keywords added: Cross-national, Development, Basic needs, Hunger, Food, Nourishment