Information for Health Professionals

Malnutrition is a condition characterized by the significant or severe decrease in body fat stores and loss of muscle mass as a result of decreased caloric and/or protein intake, prolonged nutrient imbalance, or from effects of disease.

Malnutrition is associated with numerous health risks including increased risk of falls, morbidity, risk of infection, post-operative complications, and impaired wound healing.

Affects the Health of Albertans

In Alberta, on admission to hospital, about:

  • 1 in 3 children have malnutrition.
  • 1 in 2 adults have malnutrition.

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All health professionals have a role in addressing malnutrition, regardless of care setting. 

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