Looking for a COVID-19 test?
CareClues partner hospitals and clinics have been approved by ICMR to conduct COVID-19 RT-PCR test.
Malnutrition indicates the deficiency or excess of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients in our diet. As per WHO data, 462 million people worldwide are malnourished. The condition can result from various environmental and medical factors. Undernutrition results from a lack of sufficient protein, calories or micronutrients in the diet and can cause low height-for-age (stunting), weight-for-age (underweight) and weight-for-height (wasting). Overnutrition, on the other hand, results from too much of protein, calories or fat and can cause obesity. Of the two, undernourishment is the more common condition and its causes include digestive disorders (that prevent proper nutrient absorption in the body), alcoholism and mental health conditions (dementia, depression, schizophrenia, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, etc.) Low food intake due to conditions like dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) or poorly fitting dentures are other causes. Those who do not cook at home or eat unhealthy meals outside can also fall prey to malnutrition. Regular vomiting and diarrhea too can lead to the loss of vital nutrients from the system, leading to malnutrition.