Diet – Nutrition Assessment & Malnutrition


In this leaflet, we review the importance of nutrition and the dangers of malnutrition, especially in people severely and very severely affected by M.E.


In this leaflet, Dr Charles Shepherd (Hon. Medical Adviser to the ME Association) reviews the importance of nutrition especially in people severely and very severely affected by M.E.

He discusses malnutrition and the dangers of restrictive diets, the effect malnutrition can have on physical symptoms and mental health, and the importance of obtaining a nutritional assessment – something he has raised with the NICE guideline committee.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


0344 576 5326

Available every day of the week between these times: 10am - 12noon, 2pm - 4pm and 7pm - 9pm.

Calls cost the same as other standard landline numbers (starting 01 or 02). If you have a call package for your landline or mobile phone then calls will normally come out of your inclusive minutes.