Malnutrition Awareness Week

06.10.2020

5-12 October is Malnutrition Awareness Week and there has never been a more important time to raise awareness of the importance of keeping well.

We all know that eating well, keeping hydrated and staying active are important to keeping fit and healthy.

Now more than ever in the times of the current pandemic it is even more important to stay healthy, but many people are finding it difficult to eat well, especially during these difficult times.

People may be anxious and worried about the current situation and what might happen over the coming months in these uncertain times.  Some people are self-isolating or have continued to stay at home to stay safe.

Many people have found they are not able to get out quite so often and are finding it more difficult than normal to see friends and family, to be able to socialise and take part in the things they enjoy.

All of these things can make if difficult to eat well which can mean more people are at more of malnutrition. More than three million people across the UK are either malnourished or are at risk of becoming malnourished, with an estimated one million of these people over the age of 65.

Losing weight is not a normal part of ageing.

Be aware and look out for the signs.

Are you or someone you know finding you don’t have much of an appetite, are eating less or losing weight without trying or finding your clothes, jewellery, belts are feeling looser than usual?

The good news is that there are things you can do to eat well and feel better including:

  • Talking to your GP or practice nurse to help rule out any medical issues.
  • Eating little and often can help if you don’t have much of an appetite.
  • Keeping active – It not only helps improve your appetite it improves mental wellbeing too.
  • Keeping in touch – staying connected and keeping in touch with others can help improve your mood and your appetite.

For more information and tips about eating well visit:

https://www.malnutritiontaskforce.org.uk/eating-well