According to the Merck Manual Online Library, malnutrition is “the result of an inadequate supply of nutrients due to impaired metabolism, malabsorption or an inadequate supply of food.” Changes in the tissue and blood will occur over a long period of time, also the metabolic process will start to go away and signs of symptoms will finally start to occur. This causes many problems in a body, especially in a child 's body. Poor wound healing is a big effect of malnutrition. According to the Cleveland Clinic, “malnutrition can impair healing, increasing the possibility of infections and increase the time it takes to recuperate from a disease or surgery.” If it does not get enough protein, vitamins, and/or carbohydrates, the body can end up taking too long to heal. The first and most important type of undernourishment is protein-energy malnutrition. This has the lack of energy, food, or protein that provides the energy needed. All food groups have protein, so lack of these can cause many problems. Micronutrient deficiency is the second, and is also very important. These are two that cause protein to majorly decrease. Protein is
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