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Malnutrition Risk Factors

Healthy Eating to Address Malnutrition, Healthy Eating Starts Here

What can increase the risk of malnutrition?

Medical factors

  • Being in hospital
  • Chronic illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, lung disease
  • Dental problems
  • Loss of taste and smell
  • Losing weight without trying to
  • Medication side effects
  • Physical disability
  • Poor appetite
  • Poor weight gain in children
  • Swallowing difficulty


  • Lack of knowledge about food, cooking, and nutrition
  • Loneliness
  • Poverty

Mental Health

  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Grief

Poor eating while in hospital

  • Being hungry between meals
  • Feeling sick, tired, or in pain
  • Not liking the look, smell, or taste of the food
  • Not wanting the food that is offered

If you are concerned that you or someone you know is at risk of malnutrition, talk to your doctor or dietitian.

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