Malnutrition: is under or over-nutrition a greater public health concern?
Submitted by Cassandra Ellis on Thu, 04/12/2014 - 10:03
With constant headlines telling us about soaring obesity rates, malnutrition, in the form of under-nutrition, may not be the first nutrition related concern which springs to mind. However, the NHS reports that one in three people admitted to hospitals and care homes are either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition in the UK. Therefore, the elderly living in institutional settings must be considered a high risk population as under-nutrition is often misunderstood and neglected.
The 2nd International Congress Hidden Hunger is a global meeting of scientists, field workers, members of NGOs and representatives from the government, public, private and civil sector. It will focus on causes and consequences of Hidden Hunger during early development as well as on counter-strategies.
Topics will include:
1.) Impact of malnutrition on intrauterine development and its consequences on long-term health,
2.) Impact of Hidden Hunger on physical and cognitive development,
3.) Consequences of Hidden Hunger for future society and economy,
Poor diet and nutrition can be a major health risk factor, with inequalities in diet often reflected in inequalities in health. Figures from the Department of Health show that poor diet is linked to coronary heart disease, cancers, increased fractures and falls in older people, low birth-weight and increased childhood morbidity.
With these issues in mind this Policy Knowledge briefing is the perfect opportunity to discuss and debate the latest developments in reducing food poverty and poor nutrition in communities across the country with fellow professionals and policymakers.
The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (NDA) is an eight-year multidisciplinary research aiming to improve older people's quality of life. In this afternoon workshop four NDA projects are disseminating their latest research findings addressing nutrition issues at home, in hospital and care home.
They will be showing a hospital food management system to prevent malnutrition in patients and touchscreen system to collect information on dietary intake. There will be also presentations, debate, Q&A session, poster/image exhibition.
Looking forward to the NICE Quality Standard for Nutrition Support in Adults
The NICE Quality Standard for Nutrition Support in Adults is currently in development and due to be published in November 2012. The Quality Standard will be a set of specific, concise statements that act as markers of high-quality, cost-effective patient care for Nutrition Support in Adults.
Joint conference with the British Society of Gastroenterology and British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN)
This one-day conference will equip clinicians with the knowledge to tackle and manage these rapidly increasing nutritional challenges by providing practical information designed to support day-to-day practice from sessions on:
Tuesday, 13 November, 2012 - 09:00 to 17:00
Royal College of Physicians, Regents Parks, London, UK