What causes kwashiorkor?

The main cause of kwashiorkor is a lack of protein and otheressential nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals .

It's most common in developing countries with a limited food supply, poor hygiene, and a lack ofeducation aboutthe importance of giving babies and children an adequate diet.

Kwashiorkoris rare in developed countries such as the UK, but it can occasionally occur as a result of severe neglect, long-term illness, a lack of knowledge about good nutrition, or a very restricted diet.

Although kwashiorkor can affect people of all ages, it's more common in children than adults.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018