ESPEN fact sheets on malnutrition translated

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Fact sheet GLIM criteria

There are now 2 new fact sheets available for Dutch dietitians about malnutrition. The fact sheets come from the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN). These are about disease-related malnutrition and the GLIM criteria.


The fact sheets have been translated by clinical epidemiologist Miriam van der Werf and dietitian Emmelyne Vasse from NESPEN, the Dutch branch of ESPEN. The fact sheets may be used freely by dieticians. They are on the NESPEN website.

Malnutrition during illness

The fact sheet on malnutrition during illness provides a useful overview of the prevalence, causes and consequences of disease-related malnutrition. Very suitable for hanging as a poster in a department, for example.

GLIM criteria

The Global Leadership Initiative on Malnutrition (GLIM) focuses on global consensus on the key diagnostic criteria for malnutrition in adults in the clinical setting. The fact sheet about GLIM criteria contains the 2 steps to diagnose malnutrition. The 1st is screening using a validated screening tool, such as SNACK. The second is to apply the GLIM criteria, such as reduced muscle mass, low BMI and inflammation. After this second step, the severity of the malnutrition can be determined.


The website now also features the first NESPEN videocast about malnutrition during illness. This is included in the context of the Week against Malnutrition. It is a conversation between Ben Witteman (professor of nutrition and intestinal health at Wageningen University) with Emmelyne Vasse (Gelderse Vallei hospital).

Source: NESPEN

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