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Table 3 Point prevalence of risk of undernutrition (UN) and overweight among the studied patients.

From: Malnutrition prevalence and precision in nutritional care differed in relation to hospital volume – a cross-sectional survey

  Hospitals  
  Large sized Middle sized Small sized P-value
  n = 1197 n = 824 n = 370  
Criteria for UN-risk, %     
Eating difficulties according
To MEOF-II
58.2 50.4 42.5 < 0.0005 a, b, c
   Low BMI 22.3 19.9 17.2 0.145
   Unintentional weight loss 40.2 34.1 27.2 0.001 a, b
Fulfilling UN risk criteria, %     < 0.0005 a, b
   No criteria – no UN risk 31.0 35.2 47.3  
   One criteria – low UN risk 35.0 38.6 31.1  
   Two criteria – moderate UN risk 26.4 21.1 17.7  
   Three criteria – high UN risk 7.6 5.1 3.9  
Overweight, %     0.102
   No overweight 61.8 57.4 57.8  
   Grade 1, overweight 26.0 27.0 31.0  
   Grade 2, obesity 11.2 14.8 11.2  
   Grade 3, severe obesity 1.0 0.8 0.0  
  1. MEOF-II = Minimal Eating Observation Form – Version II. Missing values in < 10%. Chi-square test, Kruskal Wallis test, Mann Whitney U test
  2. a first group differs compared to second
  3. b first group differs compared to third
  4. c second group differs compared to third group