Malnutrition

malnutrition, insufficiency of one or more nutritional elements necessary for health and well-being. Primary malnutrition is caused by the lack of essential foodstuffs—usually vitamins, minerals, or proteins—in the diet. In some areas of the world a poor economy or such regional conditions as drought or overpopulation cause a scarcity of certain foodstuffs, and a certain portion of the population is malnourished because essential nutrients are not available. However, even when food is plentiful, malnutrition can result from poor eating habits or poverty. Primary malnutrition, due to a lack of food or an inability to afford nutritious food, has been estimated to affect as many as a fourth of the world's children. Secondary malnutrition is caused by failure of absorption or utilization of nutrients (as in disease of the gastrointestinal tract, thyroid, kidney, liver, or pancreas), by increased nutritional requirements (growth, injuries, burns, surgical procedures, pregnancy, lactation, fever), or by excessive excretion (diarrhea).

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Malnutrition: Selected full-text books and articles

Sustainable Efforts to Eradicate Global Hunger, Undernourishment and Malnutrition
Fontell, Janice; Luchsinger, Vince.
Journal of Global Business Issues, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 2011
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Early Malnutrition Mars Personality: Food Deprivation in Infancy Linked to Negative Traits at 40
Bower, Bruce.
Science News, Vol. 183, No. 8, April 20, 2013
Socioeconomic Inequality in Malnutrition in Developing Countries/ Inegalites Socioeconomiques Face a la Malnutrition Dans Les Pays En Developpement/ Desigualdades Socioeconomicas Y Malnutricion En Los Paises En Desarrollo
Van de Poel, Ellen; Hosseinpoor, Ahmad Reza; Speybroeck, Niko; Van Ourti, Tom; Vega, Jeanette.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol. 86, No. 4, April 2008
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Obesity as a Major Malnutrition Issue: Poor Nutrition from Overeating May Become a Primary Killer
Coles, Clifton.
The Futurist, Vol. 39, No. 3, May-June 2005
Malnutrition in the UK
Blades, Mabel.
Perspectives in Public Health, Vol. 133, No. 3, May 2013
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The Role of Curative First-Line Health Services in Enhancing Screening and Rehabilitation of Mild-to-Moderate Malnutrition: Results of a Pilot Project in Bolivia
Hoeree, Tom F.; Kolsteren, Patrick W.; Sejas, Edgar V.; Ventura, Adolfo F.
Journal of Health Population and Nutrition, Vol. 23, No. 2, June 2005
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Social Consequences of Malnutrition
Seipel, Michael M. O.
Social Work, Vol. 44, No. 5, September 1999
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Population and Poverty in the Developing World
Massimo Livi-Bacci; Gustavo De Santis.
Clarendon Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Coping with Poverty: The Biological Impact of Nutrition Insecurity"
The Real Cost of Hunger
McGovern, George.
UN Chronicle, Vol. 38, No. 3, September-November 2001
Malnutrition: The Hidden Epidemic; It Sounds Incredible in Modern Europe - but Thousands of Us Eat So Badly That We're Dangerously Undernourished. and Be Warned! Going into Hospital Can Just Make Things WORSE
Burne, Jerome.
Daily Mail (London), November 3, 2009
Escaping Hunger, Escaping Excess
Gardner, Gary; Halweil, Brian.
World Watch, Vol. 13, No. 3, May 2000
World Population, Agriculture, and Malnutrition
Pimentel, David; Wilson, Anne.
World Watch, Vol. 17, No. 5, September-October 2004
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