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What is undernutrition?

A form of malnutrition resulting from a reduced supply of food, or from an inability to digest, assimilate and utilise the necessary nutrients.


How can clinical anthropometrics be used to assess nutrition?

In order to assess weight you can conduct a skin fold thickness test for fat, or measure the mid upper arm circumference


What does an individual's total energy expenditure depend upon?

Basal metabolic rate, thermic effect of food, physical activity and stress factors


What is involved in gastrostomy feeding?

Involves the insertion of tube directly into the stomach through the abdomen, and is implicated in cases where there is loss of consciousness or unsafe swallow etc.