What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition is an impairment of health either from a deficiency or excess or imbalance of nutrients. In other words, malnutrition refers to both under nutrition and over nutrition.

Under nutrition means a deficiency or lack of one or more nutrients. For example, Vitamin A deficiency and PEM (Protein Energy Malnutrition).

Over nutrition means excess of one or more nutrients. For example, overweight or obesity occurs when an individual consumes more energy than he is able to spend on his daily activities which results in accumulation of fat and hence weight gain (overweight).

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