5. What causes malnutrition?

Inadequate or poor intake, increased requirements due to illness and/or decreased capacity to absorb nutrients can contribute to malnutrition. There are certain factors that can put individuals at higher risk of malnutrition including:

  • Cancer
  • Chewing or swallowing problems
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Hospital admission
  • Inability to shop, cook or feed yourself
  • Social isolation
  • Surgery