Raising awareness of malnutrition

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Nutrition and dietetics staff at Royal Victoria Hospital are celebrating the first ever UK Malnutrition Awareness Week, which runs from 1-7 October 2018.

The launch of UK Malnutrition Awareness Week is the result of collaboration between The British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and the Malnutrition Task Force and is designed to raise awareness of the risk factors, signs and symptoms, and impact of malnutrition and dehydration in the UK.

To mark the awareness week, nutrition and dietetic staff at Royal Victoria Hospital have information stands in the main reception foyer and outside wards 4 and 5.  There is also information within all the wards to raise awareness of malnutrition with staff, patients and visitors.

One in 10 people aged over 65 in the UK is malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. Launched on the International Day of Older Persons, the UK Malnutrition Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of the ‘hidden’ problem of malnutrition in older people.

The campaign calls for members of the public to:

  • Be clear that losing weight is not a normal part of ageing
  • Look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours
  • Check their own weight and the weight of elderly people they believe may be at risk using the malnutrition self-screening tool, available at malnutritionselfscreening.org/self-screening

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