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Malnutrition In Kids and Adults.

8:10 PM

(10 mins read)

Malnutrition is a significant health concern that affects individuals of all ages, from the very young to the elderly.

In this blog post, we will explore the various facets of malnutrition, its impact on different age groups, and the steps we can take to prevent and combat this widespread health challenge. Join us on this enlightening journey as we delve into the vital topic of malnutrition and its far-reaching implications on overall well-being.


Malnutrition is a condition that arises when an individual’s diet lacks essential nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals. 

It’s not just about insufficient food intake; it can also result from poor diet quality.

Malnutrition affects people of all ages, from children to the elderly, and it takes various forms, including:

  • Under-nutrition
  • Over-nutrition
  • Micro-nutrient Deficiencies

This condition arises when the body is deprived of essential nutrients necessary for maintaining good health, resulting in impaired growth in children and compromised immune systems in adults.


This occurs when individuals consume an excessive amount of calories, often leading to obesity and associated health problems.

Micro-nutrient Deficiencies

A diet lacking essential vitamins and minerals can cause specific health issues. For instance, Vitamin A deficiency can lead to impaired vision, while iron deficiency can cause anemia.

The Impact on Children

Malnutrition in children is particularly concerning. Proper nutrition during the early years is crucial for physical and cognitive development.

Malnourished children may experience stunted growth, delayed development, and increased vulnerability to infections. It can have long-lasting effects on their health and well-being.

The Impact on Adults

However, malnutrition in adults can lead to various health issues, including weakened immune systems, fatigue, and increased susceptibility to diseases. 

Over-nutrition, often linked to diets high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats, can result in obesity, diabetes, and heart diseases.

Prevention and Intervention

The good news is that malnutrition is preventable and treatable. By promoting a balanced and nutritious diet, regular check-ups, and educating ourselves and our families about the importance of healthy eating, we can take positive steps to combat this issue.

What can you do?
  • Eat a Balanced DietEnsure your family’s diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.
  • Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular health check-ups to monitor your family’s nutritional status.
  • Education: Learn more about proper nutrition and encourage healthy eating habits in your family.
  • Community Support: Get involved in community programs aimed at raising awareness about malnutrition and providing assistance to those in need.

Malnutrition is a significant concern, but together, we can make a difference. By understanding the risks, promoting healthy eating habits, and seeking the right medical support, we can help our children and ourselves lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.

At Atlantis Pediatric Hospital, Lekki, Lagos we have an in House Pediatric Nutritionist.

If you have any questions or concerns about Malnutrition, or your health in general or would like to do a routine screening. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team.

Call: 08119817804

Visit: Plot 64, Fola Osibo Rd, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.