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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