What is malnutrition?

Malnutrition refers to states of overnutrition (obesity) or undernutrition relative to body requirements, resulting in dysfunction.

To define malnutrition, an expert panel of the International Society of Renal Nutrition and Metabolism (ISRNM) has recommended the use of the term “protein-energy wasting” (PEW) to encompass states of undernutrition that could result from a complex interplay of decreased nutrient intake and/or increased catabolism.


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