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With food like that... Nov. 11th, 2003 11:14 am
About two million in the UK - including up to 60% of hospital patients - are malnourished, according to a study by the Malnutrition Advisory Group.


From: valkyriekaren
Date: November 11th, 2003 - 03:18 am (Link)
It doesn't surprise me.

I was interested to see that the article made a distinction between the cost of obesity and the cost of malnutrition, when there is a clear overlap - it is possible to be obese, and still be malnourished.
From: dennyd
Date: November 11th, 2003 - 04:36 am (Link)
Well yes. You saw what they kept trying to feed me in hospital, I think? I'm so far from surprised, I'm possibly all the way round to being surprised again.

I have to admit that they did notice I was suffering from malnutrition - they just completely failed to do anything about it, because they don't have a procedure in place to feed the patients anything other than the horrendously crap main meals and nutrient drinks. If they could just have brought me food from the restaurant downstairs (where all the hospital food should have been prepared anyway, imnsho) then I'd have been fine.
From: venta
Date: November 11th, 2003 - 04:44 am (Link)
I was really surprised (when I was keeping a friend in hospital company a couple of years back) by the system's complete inabilty to cope with feeding ill people. Which you'd think they'd have thought of, it being a hospital.

Despite him having trouble digesting food, and being sick a lot, the standard greyscale school-dinner sog was all they had to offer. Not even nutrient drinks...
From: dennyd
Date: November 11th, 2003 - 05:23 am (Link)
I refused the nutrient drinks because they were made by Nestle. This appeared to derail the system, because they basically stopped sending the nutritionist to see me after that.

It apparently was beyond them to just supply me with actual food that was edible, despite having a source of it within the building - their only recourse if I couldn't live on the pap they usually handed out was to boost it with those supplement drinks.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: November 11th, 2003 - 07:03 am (Link)
Not all hospital food is that bad, mind. The one time I ate in hospital, it was plaice and chips and peas, and it was bloody nice, actually - certainly average pub-grub standard. Maybe it varies from hospital to hospital or authority to authority, or maybe it's gone downhill since then (this would have been about 16 years ago).
From: vicki_t_veg
Date: November 11th, 2003 - 07:31 am (Link)
I had great food in hospital,particularly surprising was the choice of veggie food.It was so good I got S to pick me up after I'd had lunch when it was time to leave.