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Malnutrition is a common health problem.

Malnutrition is usually caused by:

  • inadequate diet
  • poor appetite
  • problem absorbing nutrients from food

There are many reasons why this might happen, including:

  • recent stay in hospital
  • long term health condition
  • difficulty swallowing
  • lack of mobility
  • low income
  • bereavement or social isolation

Common signs that you might be at risk of malnutrition include having a low body weight and a low body mass index (BMI less than 20) and / or unintentional loss of weight in the last 3-6 months, although other signs can include:

  • weak muscles
  • feeling tired all the time
  • low mood
  • an increase in illnesses or infections

Non-urgent advice: Are you at risk of malnutrition?

You can find out if you are at risk of malnutrition by using the BAPEN self-screening tool.

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