The 113th Abbott Nutrition Research Conference
Mohandas K. Mallath, MD, DNB, Tata Medical Centre, India, Department of Digestive Diseases
Identifying individuals at risk of malnutrition and grading the severity of malnutrition are the most fundamental steps toward appropriate nutrition therapies. The use of body mass index (BMI) for malnutrition screening results in overestimation of severe malnutrition in the Indian population, because nearly half of the population has a BMI below 18.5 kg/m2. Subjective global assessment has better discriminatory properties compared to a more objective test such as the Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool. Dr. Mallath describes the burden of cancer and malnutrition in India, and discusses the advantages and limitations in addressing hospital malnutrition.