The signs and symptoms of malnutrition can vary, depending on the type. The most common symptom of malnutrition – in this case, undernutrition – is unintentional weight loss, but people may also have one or several of these symptoms:
- Loss of fat and muscle mass
- Hollow cheeks and sunken eyes
- A swollen stomach
- Delayed wound healing
- Dry hair and skin
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depression and anxiety
There are a number of other signs and symptoms, but these vary based on the type of malnutrition and the stage of lifecycle being affected. Hindered physical growth, compromised immunity, frequent illness, changes in intestinal mucosa, hair and skin changes, restricted brain development, weak bones, to name a few, are some other symptoms.
Undernutrition leads to serious physical growth restriction and health problems and because of this, it can increase your risk of infection and death.