Starvation: Anorexia Nervosa, Marasmus, and Kwashiorkor

  • Martin H. Floch
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


Mild malnutrition results in weight loss. The characteristics of weight loss and its nutritional assessment are described in Chapter 5. The loss of weight in the hospitalized patient or in association with mild chronic disease is often not severe, but it is significant. The weight loss that is seen with starvation in such clinical entities as anorexia nervosa and childhood marasmus and kwashiorkor is described in more detail in this chapter.


Anorexia Nervosa Growth Hormone Level Protein Malnutrition Serum Growth Hormone Level Severe Weight Loss 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin H. Floch
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Yale University School of MedicineUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology and NutritionNorwalk HospitalUSA

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