J. M. STRANG, M.D.; F. A. EVANS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The definition of the state of undernutrition is of necessity somewhat arbitrary. Although occasional reference is seen to absolute weight deficiencies, the usual practice is to consider the weight deficit with reference to other personal statistics. The theoretically ideal weight for a given age, sex, and height may be obtained from many statistical studies.56 A deviation of over 10 to 15 per cent below an ideal weight may be regarded as undernutrition.15, 48 In our series we have arbitrarily set 15 per cent as the critical level. We have not attempted the intricate differential diagnosis between undernutrition and simple underweight.5
STRANG JM, EVANS FA. UNDERNUTRITION AND ITS TREATMENT BY ADEQUATE DIET1. Ann Intern Med. ;7:45–63. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-7-1-45
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