Malnourishment is a condition in which your body lacks or is unable to absorb the nutrients it needs to be healthy. Malnourishment often occurs as a result of not having enough food. It can also be the result of not eating a well-balanced diet. Malnourishment may also be caused by certain health conditions, including cancer and AIDS, and can be a side effect of gastric surgery. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about malnourishment, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
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Slideshow: 7 Missing Nutrients in Your Diet
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Slideshow: What Helps When It’s Hard to Eat Due to Illness
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