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The researches find that the identifying and treating patients with malnutrition warrants the attention of health care providers and policymakers. During its September Spotlight on Malnutrition, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics raises awareness of malnutrition and promotes the crucial role of registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered in identifying and treating this serious condition. In addition, the Academy provides educational resources for the public and Academy members.

Attention of health care

Identifying and treating people who show early signs of malnutrition can enhance a person’s mental and physical health. In the case of seniors; delivering nutritious meals and snacks preserves their dignity and functional status by enabling them to age in place and reduce expensive hospital stays.” Malnutrition results from a diet deficient in vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Over long term or even over a short term this may lead to severe debility and damage to the vital functions of the body. 1-7

Symptoms of malnutrition are easily distinguishable among both adults and children. They may be outline as follows. The most common symptom is a notable weight loss. For example; those who have lost more than 10% of their body weight in the course of three months and are not dieting could be malnourished. This is usually measured using the body mass index or the BMI. This is calculated by the weight in kilograms divided by the height in metres squared. A healthy BMI for adults usually lies between 18.5 and 24.9.

Symptoms of malnutrition

Those with a BMI between 17 and 18.5 could be mildly malnourished; those with BMIs between 16 and 18 could be moderately malnourished and those with a BMI less than 16 could be severely malnourished. Academy President Terri J. Raymond, registered dietitian nutritionist During September; the Academy and its members will emphasize specific aspects of malnutrition to include the following focus areas: Prevention and Well-Being. Hospital Care and Health Systems. Food and Nutrition Safety and Security

The September issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will feature a special supplement that includes articles about how the prevention and treatment of malnutrition present outstanding opportunities to improve the overall quality of patient care; enhance quality clinical outcomes and reduce health care costs. Much of the information for the supplement was provided by the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative; a project of the Academy, Avalere Health and other stakeholders who collaborated to support quality improvement measures for malnutrition care and provide resources for the implementation of those measures.