Malnutrition Facts and Figures
Here are some key numbers for two groups susceptible to
malnutrition, or a diet in which certain nutrients are lacking, in excess or in
the wrong proportions. Malnutrition can lead to long-term health problems.
percent of people 65 and older suffer from chronic diseases and conditions,
many of which are associated with malnutrition.
- 35 to 50
percent of older residents at long-term care facilities are malnourished.
- Nearly 50
percent of the nation’s poor elderly have lost all their natural teeth.
Chewing and swallowing problems are associated with malnutrition.
- In the U.S., the rate of obesity for children
and adolescents age 2 to 19 is 16.9
percent and for adults 65 and older more than 25 percent.*
million children lived in food-insecure households in 2012, which are homes
without adequate access to nutritious foods.
- At 27.4
percent, North Carolina is tied with Louisiana as states with the highest
percentage of children younger than 5 who are food insecure on a regular basis.
* Obesity is defined for adults as a body mass index (a measure of weight compared to height) greater than or equal to 30.
Sources: National Aging
Information Center, Feeding America, U.S.
Centers for Disease Control