Special Issue "Malnutrition and Public Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2012).
Interests: disease related malnutrition / Cachexia; nutritional intervention; muscle function; body composition / bioelectrical impedance analysis and -vector analysis
Malnutrition is a one of the major health challenge world wide affecting approximately one in every five adults in developing countries. It accounts for about 50% of childhood mortality and takes particularly severe toll among preschool children. Chronic malnutrition during the first two years of life e.g., results in irreversible harm and is linked to higher rates of morbidity and mortality, impaired cognitive ability and school performance in children and decreased productivity and lifetime earnings for adults, thus contributing to the devastating cycle of starvation and poverty.
In developed countries, malnutrition is predominantly associated with disease. It affects morbidity and mortality in acute as well as chronic disease and quality of life is seriously impaired in malnourished patients. Despite current data showing that approximately 25% of hospital patients are malnourished to some extent, awareness of the problem remains low and nutritional status frequently worsens during hospital stay. In the elderly, the problem is augmented, as older patients do not have the same restorative capacity after weight loss as younger adults.
This special issue focuses on the various effects of malnutrition on people in developing as well as developed countries and its implications for economic and health care systems.
Dr. Kristina Norman
- disease related/hospital malnutrition
- micronutrient malnutrition/Hidden hunger
- childhood malnutrition
- impact on cognitive development
- impact on quality of life
- socioeconomic/financial implications