Other Names:
Underweight individuals

An underweight person is a person whose body weight is considered too low to be healthy. A person who is underweight is malnourished.


In 1996, in the European Union as a whole, a higher proportion of women was underweight than men – 15% and 5% respectively. This was the situation in all EU member states. France had the highest proportion – roughly one in four– of underweight women. Belgium and the Netherlands had the highest proportion of underweight men.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST