Obese People Malnourished Due To Poor Quality Food


It has been a long standing misconception that obese people ‘can’t be malnourished’ because they are overweight. However, if we look at what malnourished actually means, it can of course apply to both overweight and underweight people. Malnourished is the term given to someone who isn’t getting the vitamins and minerals they need through their diet resulting in a failure to develop properly or function normally! With this is mind then, it is absolutely feasible for a person to pump themselves full of high calorie food that has very low nutritional value, the consequence of which… is malnutrition!

Either underweight or obese people are at risk of malnutrition through poor food choices, but obese individuals can go unnoticed because of their ‘apparent’ wellbeing due to their size, when in fact it’s quite the contrary! Eating calorie dense foods with little or no nutritional value will serve no other purpose than weight gain, so an obese persons nutritional adequacy should be watched as closely as an underweight individuals.



Daily Mail, (2014). Obese people are actually MALNOURISHED because they eat such poor quality food, says weight-loss surgeon. Retrieved 6th November, 2014, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2823213/Obese-people-actually-MALNOURISHED-eat-poor-quality-food-says-NHS-weight-loss-surgeon.html


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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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