A tidbit found on the website of the US Embassy for El Salvador describes a census of the height of school children which provides an insight into patterns of malnutrition in the country:
The results of the Third Height Census, carried out in 5,361 public and private schools on April 25, 2007, showed a national chronic malnutrition rate of 15.5% in students age 6-9 years, an improvement of four percentage points compared to the 2000 Height Census.
According to the study, the departments with the highest rate of chronic malnutrition were:
* Morazán 28.1%
* Ahuachapán 27.1%
* Cuscatlán 25.8%
* Sonsonate 24.9%