Most people draw a connection between malnutrition and a lack of food, but that's not always the case. Many factors contribute to malnutrition, and the condition can develop despite an abundance of available food. Malnutrition is a global problem. Some people cannot afford nutritious food or do not have access to it. Foods high in sugar, fat, and salt are cheaper and readily available, but these options do not provide the nutrients our bodies require for optimal health.


1. What Is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition occurs when the body lacks the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly. The condition can result from being undernourished or overnourished. It is a common misconception that someone who is malnourished is not eating enough food. While this is one cause, it is not the only cause. Malnutrition can be brought on by deficiencies, imbalances, or excesses.

Malnutrition Undernourished Overnourished Devonyu / Getty Images


This site offers information designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on any information on this site as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or as a substitute for, professional counseling care, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.