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Table 2 WHO classification for assessing severity of malnutrition rates by prevalence thresholds

From: Nutritional profile of Syrian refugee children before resettlement

Indicator Very low Low Medium High Very High
% Wasting
 Old* < 5 (acceptable) 5–9 (poor) 10–14 (serious) ≥15 (critical)
 New** < 2.5 2.5–5 5- < 10 10- < 15 ≥15
% Stuntinga
 Old* < 20 (acceptable) 20–29 (poor) 30–39 (serious) ≥40 (critical)
 New** < 2.5 2.5- < 10 10- < 20 20- < 30 ≥30
%Overweight** < 2.5 2.5–5 5- < 10 10- < 15 ≥15
  1. Sources:* WHO Nutrition Landscape Information System (NLIS): Interpretation Guide (2010), p2 and Module 10, p19. Available from http://www.who.int/nutrition/nlis_interpretation_guide.pdf; Prudhon C. Module 10 Nutrition information and surveillance systems. In: The harmonized training package: resource material for training on nutrition in emergencies. Version 2. Oxford: Nutrition Works, Emergency Nutrition Network, Global Nutrition Cluster; 2011. ** Onis M De, Borghi E, Arimond M, Webb P, Croft T, Saha K, et al. (2018). Prevalence thresholds for wasting, overweight and stunting in children under 5 years. Public Health Nutrition