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Table 1 Common anthropometric measurements and indices for children under 5 years of age

From: MUAC-for-age more useful than absolute MUAC for nutritional surveillance in Somalia: results from nineteen cross-sectional surveys (2007–2016)

Index/measurement Nutritional condition Indicator (Acronym)
Weight-for-height/length Z score Global acute malnutrition WHZ < − 2 (WHZ-2)
Severe acute malnutrition WHZ < − 3 (WHZ-3)
MUAC Global acute malnutrition MUAC < 125 mm (MUAC125)
  Severe acute malnutrition MUAC < 115 mm (MUAC115)
MUAC-for-age Z score Global acute malnutrition MUACAZ <− 2 (MUACAZ-2)
  Severe acute malnutrition MUACAZ <− 3 (MUACAZ-3)