Malnutrition is
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Nutrition Week
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4 in 10 older adults at home
(1.5 million Australians) are
malnourished or at risk of malnutrition.
Malnutrition occurs when a person does not consume enough energy, protein or other nutrients for their body’s needs.
Older adults can be at higher risk of malnutrition because of changes in appetite, living situation, mobility or general health.
Malnutrition can result in loss of strength and function, reduced immunity, more hospital admissions and poor quality of life.
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How Do You Know
How do you know if you’re malnourished?

Malnutrition occurs when a person does not consume enough energy (calories/kilojoules) or protein for their body’s needs. A reduced appetite, unintentional weight loss and clothes and jewellery becoming loose are some common signs of malnutrition. If you have any concerns that you may be malnourished, you should see an Accredited Practising Dietitian for individualised advice.

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I’m 70 years old, how much should I weigh?

Being a healthy weight is important for good health, but what is classified as ‘healthy’ for people who are in the later years of life is different to those who are much younger. If you have any concerns about your weight, you should see an Accredited Practising Dietitian for individualised advice.

Loosing Weight
I’m losing weight without trying. What should I do?

Unintentional weight loss is a common sign of malnutrition. It can be a result of inadequate kilojoule (calorie) consumption, which can be due to increased nutritional requirements or simply not eating enough. To counteract it, it is important to consume high-protein and high-energy foods, such as dairy, meat and eggs. If you have recently lost weight without meaning to, you should see an Accredited Practising Dietitian for individualised advice.

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