oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Nutrition as primary and supportive therapy

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1607-0658
  • E-ISSN: 2221-1268



Malnutrition, and its consequences, is a major problem facing the developing world today. World Health Organisation (WHO) figures indicate that 28% of all children under 5 years of age are underweight, 35% are stunted, and 8% are wasted. In 1987 the Nordic Conference on Environment and Development estimated that 500 million people in the world were undernourished. The problem, however, is not restricted to the developing world, with a number of studies reporting that up to 50% of hospitalised patients in developed countries may be nutritionally depleted.

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