Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020

05 Oct 2020

2 min

Malnutrition occurs when people cannot consume the nutrients they need to stay healthy. This consistent lack of energy, protein, or micronutrients in the diet often leads to compromised health outcomes such as an increase in mortality risk and slower recovery times. 

This is especially prevalent in healthcare settings, despite great advances in medical care. Patients often see their nutritional status deteriorate during hospital stays due to missed mealtimes, pre-surgery fasting, and general unwellness.


Malnourished patients are 1.6 times more likely to be readmitted, at great cost and stress to the patient and their family.

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition


Malnourished emergency department patients also cost 18,600+ more than non-malnourished patients. 

American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Health economics is important to consider when it comes to healthcare, where early identification and treatment is paramount.


NZMP Medical Nutrition are proud to spread the word for Malnutrition Awareness Week 2020, and are happy to share the fantastic array of Nutrition Care Resources, showcasing the impact of malnutrition on our healthcare systems globally. 

Nutrition Care: Emergency Department Patients

Nutrition Care: Malnutrition Awareness Week Infographic

Nutrition Care: The Impact of Malnutrition in US and UK

Nutrition Care: Disparities by Income, Age and Race

Nutrition Care: Readmission Rates

Nutrition Care: An Older Adult Crisis Infographic

How we can help

See our full range of applications including compact nutrition (ONS), modular protein options, and protein-enriched foods to combat malnutrition

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