Marimekko chart of child nutrition by region and split between under and overweight, based on UNICEF data.

Child Malnutrition Worldwide by Region

Malnutrition affects 29% of school age children worldwide. In all regions except South Asia, more are overweight and obese than are underweight, as shown in this Marimekko chart that is based on data from UNICEF.

Child malnutrition affects about 150 million in South Asia with 3/4 of those affected children underweight. In East Asia and the Pacific 116 million children are malnourished, with 79% overweight or obese. Child malnutrition affects 61 million in Sub-Saharan Africa with 59% overweight or obese. Fewer children are affected in other regions.

Child Malnutrition Worldwide by Region in a Marimekko Chart

Marimekko chart of child nutrition by region and split between under and overweight, based on UNICEF data.

How I Made this Marimekko Chart 

Here is the child malnutrition data I used to create the Marimekko chart:

Marimekko chart of child nutrition by region and split between under and overweight, based on UNICEF data.

Here's how I made the Marimekko chart:

  • copy and paste data from UNICEF child malnutrition data that is available for download into new Excel workbook
  • use formulas to calculate number of overweight and underweight school age children from percentage and demographic data
  • create Marimekko chart in PowerPoint based on selected Excel data range
  • click Switch Bars and Series button to treat data sheet columns as series and rows as bars
  • hide bars for detail data in data sheet
  • show worldwide percentage is data column
  • format this column with percentages and show the data column total (click in Format Bars and Series, Bars tab)
  • change bar labels to provide long description that is in chart legend
  • use Data Scale to change data from thousands to millions
  • show legend and move to bottom of chart
  • show values and percentages in segment labels
  • hide grand total
  • number format segment labels and bar totals to have M suffix
  • hide x and y axes and make chart border white
  • adjust internal margins
  • align data column label with bar totals
  • change series colors

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