Hunger pangs

Malnutrition continues to be a poorly addressed health problem among the elderly

Research shows that 20—50% of elderly Australians are malnourished.1-7

Malnutrition occurs when patients are unable to maintain sufficient food intake to meet nutrient needs or they cannot fully utilise the food they consume due to illness, resulting in a loss of body weight (fat and lean mass) as well as impact on cognitive function.

Malnutrition can be caused by:

  • Food intake and appetite being affected by surgery or illnesses such as cancer, stroke, gastro­intestinal conditions, anorexia or dentition
  • Multiple medication interactions