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Table 1 WHO classification of nutritional status

From: Nutritional profile of Syrian refugee children before resettlement

Nutritional status Z-score range
Wasting (acute malnutrition)
Moderate zWFH < −2 and ≥ − 3
Severe zWFH < − 3
Stunting (chronic malnutrition)
Moderate zHFA < −2 and ≥ −3
Severe zHFA < −3
 Healthy Weight zWFH <=2 and > = − 2
 Overweight zWFH > + 2 and < = + 3
 Obesity zWFH > + 3
  1. Source: WHO Global Database on Child Growth and Malnutrition. Available from: http://www.who.int/nutgrowthdb/about/introduction/en/index5.html