Malnutrition and Consequences

Learn to spot the signs

Malnutrition can affect everyone 

We often only notice inadequate nutrition when a skirt suddenly becomes too loose or a belt no longer holds our trousers up properly. But tiredness, lethargy and stress can also be indications of deficiencies. Inadequate nutrition often happens gradually.

Any diet that does not cover our nutritional requirements bears the risk of poor nutrition. So even in the industrialised countries, inadequate nutrition and deficiencies of some nutrients are widespread. 

Who is at increased risk? 

  • Elderly people living alone or in care homes 
  • Adults after a stroke 
  • People with neurological conditions such as dementia or Parkinson's disease 
  • People with: problems chewing or swallowing, loss of appetite or immobility, psychological stress or depression, a changed sense of taste, medications

What are warning signs?

  • Unintentional weight loss in the past 3 – 6 months
  • Weak muscles 
  • Feeling tired all the time 
  • Low mood 
  • An increase in illness or infections

Read how John gets help

John often felt tired and listless, and made excuses several times for not meeting up with his rose-loving friends. But his friend Manfred still visited him regularly and finally recommended that he consult his general practitioner.

A lengthy conversation shed light for John on the natural changes as we get older. He recognised the importance of regular, balanced nutrition for his health, and this knowledge enabled him to change his habits and regain strength and vitality.