a state of poor nutrition; can result from insufficient or excessive or unbalanced diet or from inability to absorb foods
a lack of adequate nourishment
Origin: mal- + nutrition
faulty or imperfect nutrition
Origin: [Mal- + nutrition.]
Malnutrition is the condition that results from eating a diet in which certain nutrients are lacking, in excess, or in the wrong proportions. The verb form is "malnourish"; "malnourishment" is sometimes used instead of "malnutrition". A number of different nutrition disorders may arise, depending on which nutrients are under- or over-abundant in the diet. In most of the world, malnutrition is present in the form of under-nutrition, which is caused by a diet lacking adequate calories and protein—not enough food, and of poor quality. Extreme undernourishment is starvation, and its symptoms and effects are inanition. While malnutrition is more common in less-developed countries, it is also present in industrialized countries. In wealthier nations it is more likely to be caused by unhealthy diets with excess energy, fats, and refined carbohydrates. A growing trend of obesity is now a major public health concern in lower socio-economic levels and in developing countries as well. The World Health Organization have reported hunger and related malnutrition as the greatest single threat to the world's public health. Improving nutrition is widely regarded as the most effective form of aid. Nutrition-specific interventions, which address the immediate causes of undernutrition, have been proven to deliver among the best value for money of all development interventions. Emergency measures include providing deficient micronutrients through fortified sachet powders or directly through supplements. WHO, UNICEF, and the UN World Food Programme recommend community management of severe acute malnutrition with ready-to-use therapeutic foods, which have been shown to cause weight gain in emergency settings. The famine relief model increasingly used by aid groups calls for giving cash or cash vouchers to the hungry to pay local farmers instead of buying food from donor countries, often required by law, to prevent dumping from hurting local farmers.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An imbalanced nutritional status resulted from insufficient intake of nutrients to meet normal physiological requirement.
The numerical value of malnutrition in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of malnutrition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
One in three people suffer from some form of malnutrition.
We've got an increase in both severe acute malnutrition and chronic malnutrition.
UNICEF... can confirm that cases of severe malnutrition were found among children.
We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.
The malnutrition situation is classified as critical or very critical in more than half of the country.
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- underernæring, fejlernæringDanish
- Mangelernährung, UnterernährungGerman
- سوء تغذیهPersian
- aliravitsemus, virheravitsemusFinnish
- denutrizione, malnutrizioneItalian
- underernæringNorwegian Nynorsk
- yetersiz beslenmeTurkish
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