Malnutrition is a state of nutrition in which a deficiency or excess (or imbalance) of energy, protein and other nutrients causes measurable adverse effects on tissue / body form (body shape, size and composition) and function and clinical outcome. The term malnutrition does include obesity; however BAPEN is focussed on the problem of “under nutrition”. Malnutrition can often be very difficult to recognise, particularly in patients who are overweight or obese to start with. Malnutrition can happen very gradually, which can make it very difficult to spot in the early stages. Some of the symptoms and signs to watch out for include:

Loss of appetite

Weight loss – clothes, rings, jewellery, and dentures may become loose

Tiredness, loss of energy

Reduced ability to perform normal tasks

Reduced physical performance – for example, not being able to walk as far or as fast as usual

Altered mood – malnutrition can be associated with lethargy and depression

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  • Malnutrition in infants
  • Nutrition, ageing, and physical functioning
  • Marasmus role in malnutrition
  • Major micronutrients deficiencies
  • Nutrition and the physiology of malnutrition
  • Protein energy malnutrition

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