Marasmus

  • Type of malnutrition that may affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include diarrhea, weight loss and a wasting away appearance
  • Results in slowed growth and development in children
  • Caused by insufficient intake of calories or more energy used than calories can support or a combination of the two
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but often seen when infant is weaned from breastfeeding or during long-term illness in children and adults
  • Can be life threatening if left untreated

Increase your food intake, particularly foods high in protein

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