Did you know?
"Healthy eating" is not appropriate for older people who:
- have a poor appetite
- are unintentionally losing weight
- have increased energy needs
- are very frail or ill
Undernutrition is often thought of as being a third world problem that doesn’t affect the western population. Unfortunately this is not the case. At any one time there are over 3 million adults that are undernourished in the UK. This can have very serious consequences for those individuals but also the economy of the nation.
Focus on Undernutrition is an award winning team that strives to prevent unavoidable undernutrition.
This site is primarily aimed at professionals working within health and social care. However if you are interested in finding out more about undernutrition or worried you might be at risk you might find the “how to” pages useful. If you do have any concerns or queries then you should contact your GP or dietitian.
"Although small in numbers the Focus on Undernutrition team has brought huge benefits locally and nationally in driving forward our understanding of the effects of undernutrition, solutions about how to address this and ultimately delivering benefits to patients. This high achieving team are very proactive in what they do – ‘can’t do’ is not in their vocabulary! They constantly strive to deliver services more widely and are proactive in working in partnership with many agencies both locally and across the country..."
Group Clinical Director - Care Closer to Home & Deputy Director of Nursing, County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust