We sometimes use the words “malnourished” and “undernourished” to describe a child with a small-for-their-age build and below-normal weight. And while these two words are highly related to each other, there’s still a significant difference between them. In this article, we will talk about the difference between malnourished and undernourished children.
The Difference Between Malnourished and Undernourished Kids
Malnourished children, or kids who experience malnutrition, typically have an unbalanced diet. It’s either they have insufficiencies in their intake of calories and nutrients, or they consume too much.
For this reason, kids who overeat and then become overweight or obese can be considered malnourished. Likewise, underweight children with insufficient protein and caloric consumption are also malnourished.