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Warning about hospital malnutrition

26th February 2010

An independent panel of advisors is urging the government to promote the concept of a "healthy weight" to help guard against malnutrition as well as obesity.

The health charity, Bapen, says about 3 million people in the UK either have or are at risk of malnutrition and is warning that more needs to be done to make sure patients who are malnourished get help eating. A report by the Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board says official figures which show 239 people were reported to have died because of malnutrition in English hospitals in 2007, are likely to be an underestimate.

 

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