Welcome to the British Dietetic Association’s (BDA) Malnutrition campaign: Mind the Hunger Gap: stamp out missing meals in the UK, which aims to highlight the levels of malnutrition in the UK today and calls for action and support to tackle this largely unreported national disgrace.
This website is designed to give you the information and tools you need so that you are informed and equipped to deliver this campaign at a local level, or, at least, in parts.
While the World Health Organization cites malnutrition as the greatest single threat to the world's public health, it is still widely believed that malnutrition is restricted to the third world population. Quite simply, this is not true. Today, in the UK, millions of our friends, families, neighbours, children and colleagues are at risk of the effects of malnutrition and, in many cases, death from malnutrition.
It is often said that “everybody does food...”, meaning everybody eats. However, the reality is not everybody does or can, and even if they do, meals can be few and far between.
Malnutrition does not discriminate. The young, old, males and females from all races living in the UK can be affected. The British Dietetic Association has taken the decision that for this campaign, to focus on malnutrition levels in older people still living within a community setting. Or, as they are known, the ‘invisible population’.
Dietitians are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. The profession uses the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which is then translated into practical guidance. Indeed, Dietitians are uniquely placed to be at the forefront of this campaign.
On this website you will find numerous tools at your disposal to help you highlight this campaign at a local level. In addition, we will update the tools available on a regular basis, so remember to keep a look out. We will also be using the BDA magazine Dietetics Today to let you know when new tools have become available too.
We also appreciate that members of the public may want to get involved and they can by using the Public Toolkit part of this website.
Please get involved and make a difference. Remember, to get your organisation signed up to this campaign.
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