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The prevalence of malnutrition according to the new ESPEN definition in four diverse populations

AGM Rojer, HM Kruizenga, MC Trappenburg, EM Reijnierse, S Sipila, MV Narici, JY Hogrel, G Butler-Browne, JS McPhee, M Paeaesuke, CGM Meskers, AB Maier, MAE de van der Schueren



BACKGROUND & AIMS: Consensus on the definition of malnutrition has not yet been reached. Recently, The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) proposed a consensus definition of malnutrition. The aim of the present study was to describe the prevalence of malnutrition according to the ESPEN definition in four diverse populations. METHODS: In total, 349 acutely ill middle-aged patients, 135 geriatric outpatients, 306 healthy old individuals and 179 healthy young individuals were included in the study. Subjects were screened for risk of malnutrition using the SNAQ. The ESPEN definition of malnutrition, i.e. low BMI (< 18.5 kg/m(2)) or a combination of unintentional weight..

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