Mar 07, 2016 · Malnutrition in adults — causes, symptoms and treatment Many people do not realise that adults, even those who are obese can be malnourished! Nov 16, 2017 · In reality, though, malnutrition is often caused by a combination of physical, social and psychological issues. For example: Health concerns. Older adults often have health problems, such as dementia or dental issues, that can lead to decreased appetite or trouble eating.
Adult Malnutrition. There are many factors that cause people to become malnourished while aging. For example, many elderly people experience certain medical factors that cause a person to simply eat less, such as reduced appetite, dental or oral problems, reduced smell and taste, and other medical conditions. Sep 10, 2012 · Symptoms of malnutrition in adults. This is usually measured using the body mass index or the BMI. This is calculated by the weight in kilograms divided by the height in metres squared. A healthy BMI for adults usually lies between 18.5 and 24.9. Those with a BMI between 17 and 18.5 could be mildly malnourished, 3.5/5(37).
Malnutrition in older adults can lead to a number of health problems, including the following: Unintentional weight loss. Tiredness and fatigue (feeling out of energy). Muscle weakness or loss of strength. This could lead to falls, which could cause broken bones or fractures. Depression. Problems with memory. A weak immune system. Aug 31, 2019 · Severe malnutrition can also result in a sunken appearance around the temple area of the head. Symptoms in adults can include a propensity to become infected with diseases, or to heal very slowly from infections. Breathing problems, anemia, decreased muscle mass, confusion, and chronic diarrhea may also occur.