Letters - You are what you eat

I regret that your special supplement (Public Nutrition, 30 January) did not mention that malnourishment is surprisingly common in the UK. Malnutrition is physical weakness and poor health resulting from a lack of food, or a lack of the right types of food needed for good health. The consequences of malnutrition include vulnerability to infection, impaired function of heart and lungs, muscle weakness and depression. As a result, malnourished people consult their GPs more frequently, go to hospital more often and for longer periods, and have higher complication and mortality rates. Effective, simple treatment is readily available, although increased awareness is required.

David Smith
Policy adviser, Welsh Food Alliance