Malnutrition is more likely to happen when people:  

  • Do not understand how to eat a healthy diet
  • Do not feel hungry
  • Need to avoid certain foods
  • Have problems with tasting, chewing, swallowing, and digesting food
  • Have problems shopping for food
  • Live alone (particularly for older men) or in an institution
  • Cannot afford food

The following conditions can lead to malnutrition:

  • Recent surgery or hospital stay
  • Alcohol or substance use
  • Cognitive impairment (problems with thinking and remembering)
  • Inability to exercise
  • Depression
  • Pain
  • Certain medications and diseases


Last Updated January 2023

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