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Malnutrition is a condition when your body doesn't get the proper supply of nutrients. This problem arises when you do not eat enough food as needed by the body. Starvation is a type of malnutrition. There are chances of developing malnutrition if you lack a single vitamin in the diet. Generally, people don't know they are suffering from malnutrition unless it becomes severe and causes other health issues. It's a major problem all over the world, especially among children.

Signs and Symptoms

The symptoms of malnutrition vary and depend on the root cause of malnutrition. However, some general symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Weight loss

Causes of Malnutrition

There are various causes of malnutrition including:

  • Inadequate or unbalanced diet
  • Digestion problems
  • Certain medical conditions
  • Epidemic
  • Other problems such as poverty, natural disasters, etc.


As malnutrition is caused by the lack of nutrients, its major treatment includes replacing missing nutrients in your diet. If malnutrition is due to any digestion problem, it should be treated first to ensure that your body gets the best out of nutrients you eat.