BAPEN and the Malnutrition Task Force are collaborating, with support from the British Dietetic Association, to launch the first ever National Malnutrition Awareness Week, starting on Monday 1st October 2018.
Coinciding with the International Day for Older Persons, this year’s campaign is focussed on highlighting the height of the problem amongst the elderly population in the UK, and what can be done to reduce it. The campaign will also look to abolish some of the damaging myths and misconceptions that still exist around malnutrition.
By educating the public on the risk factors and possible signs and symptoms of malnutrition, we are equipping those in the community with a better ability to recognise those who are malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. An earlier identification of the condition means that people can receive the right treatment as soon as possible or prevent it happening in the first place.