What causes malnutrition?

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There are many different causes of malnutrition. Some categories of risk factors for malnutrition include: inadequate calorie intake, excess calorie losses or expenditures, and certain chronic medical illnesses. Some examples of risk factors for not consuming enough calories include: limited access to food (such as poverty or neglect), alcohol or drug addictions, and certain restrictive diets or eating disorders. People who may be at risk for losing calories include those with vomiting or diarrhea, or increased metabolic demands such as: extreme exercise, chronic infections and cancer. There are also a number of diseases that cause problems with caloric balance such as Crohn’s disease, food allergies, hyperthyroidism, and many more.

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