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What is Malnutrition?

The term ‘malnutrition’ encompasses overweight and obesity as well as under-nutrition, but in line with common practice internationally, the term ‘malnutrition’ is used to refer to ‘under-nutrition’. The term ‘disease-related malnutrition’ (DRM) is also frequently used since most malnutrition arises due to the consequences of disease. (MNI ONS Dossier, 2012 edition)

Malnutrition – another weight problem?

This short film – promoted jointly by MNI, EHNA and ESPEN - draws attention to the under-recognized problem of disease-related malnutrition arguing that it should feature higher on the public health agenda. The implications of malnutrition are highlighted, as well as the importance of screening. The video shows that medical nutrition helps to fight malnutrition and can also lower use of healthcare resources and costs associated with managing patients with malnutrition.

Video Download (17MB, MP4)


The video is also available in different formats and different languages.

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