Malnutrition Resources for Consumers

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Below are resources to help patients and caregivers identify and understand malnutrition, as well as tips on talking to their healthcare providers.

NEW! Consumer Guides
When your body does not get the right balance of energy and nutrients that it needs, you may become malnourished. Malnutrition threatens your health and your ability to fight sickness and injuries. These consumer guides provide warning signs of malnutrition and tips for good nutrition.

A Consumer Guide for Cancer Patients

Guide for Cancer Patients

A Consumer Guide for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diesase (COPD) Patients

Guide for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients

A Consumer Guide for Older Adults

Guide for Older Adults

Ask About Your Nutrition Posters

It is important for patients, as well as caregivers and families, to be proactive and ask about their nutrition status. ASPEN has created two educational posters to help you recognize the signs of malnutrition, so you can talk to your healthcare provider about treatment. The posters are available in multiple languages.

FOR ADULTS 
ASPEN Nutrition Poster-ADULT ENGLISH
English
French
Spanish
Arabic
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
FOR CHILDREN
ASPEN Nutrition Poster-CHILD-ENGLISH(1)
English 
French
Spanish 
Arabic
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Am I Malnourished 1 Sheet ThumbnailHow Do I Talk with My Healthcare Provider about Malnutrition?
This short, on-demand video will help patients and caregivers have productive conversations with their healthcare providers around their nutrition status.  View the video.

A Guide for Adults: How to Spot and Talk About Symptoms That Could Mean You’re Malnourished

This easy to follow 1-sheet summarizes the information shared in the How Do I Talk with My Healthcare Provider about Malnutrition video. View the guide.


Malnutrition Infographs
Each day, approximately 15,000 hospital patients with malnutrition go undiagnosed. Patients with malnutrition have higher hospital costs, longer stays, and increased mortality. Please share these infographics on malnutrition with colleagues, patients and their families. 

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NEW! Malnourished Hospitalized Patients are Associated with Poorer Outcomes

Malnourished Hospitalized Patients - Continue to Rise

NEW! Malnourished Hospitalized Patients - Continue to Rise 

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Malnourished Emergency Department Patients 

Content in the two new infographics is sourced from the article "Malnutrition diagnoses and associated outcomes in hospitalized patients: United States, 2018," published online in Nutrition in Clinical Practice, September 2021.

Videos

  • The Importance of Nutrition to Prevent and Treat Low Muscle Mass 2020


  • RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS

    The causes of malnutrition in older adults are a complex blend of physical, social, and psychological issues — from the loss of appetite due to depression to the inability to get to the store for groceries. Here are some resources to help seniors:

      RESOURCES FOR PEDIATRICS

      Papers

      Videos