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Health Tip: Health Tip: Risk Factors for Malnutrition

What makes you more vulnerable

(HealthDay News) -- Certain risk factors make you more prone than others to malnutrition, which doesn't necessarily come from lack of food.

It's possible to be obese and not get enough nutrients (malnourishment) at the same time, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says.

According to the academy, here are common risk factors for malnutrition:

  • Hospitalization.
  • Advanced age, particularly if accompanied by dementia.
  • Dental health problems.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Serious head injury.
  • Eating disorder.
  • Serious infection.
  • Organ failure.


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