According to Marcus Noland’s best estimates,
37% of North Korean children under six are stunted,
23% were underweight, and
7% were "wasting" meaning they were acutely malnourished.
Because these estimates include better-fed areas such as the capital Pyongyang, these rates are likely to be much higher in the hungriest areas of North Korea's northeast.
Marcus Noland is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for International Economics