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For a long time, hospital food did not receive the attention it deserved. But in recent years people have become more aware of the growing problems of malnutrition in hospitals. Especially elderly patients are at risk of malnutrition. Several studies have concluded that between 25% to 50% of them are already malnourished upon admission at the hospital and the longer they stay in inpatient care, the more their nutritional status worsens. The causes of malnutrition are manifold. Within the home environment, age-related changes, reduced mobility and socio-economic factors are often the catalyst. Acute or chronic diseases can accelerate this process as they sometimes increase the needed energy. Many hospitals do not adequately meet the dietary needs of their elderly patients and often pre-existing deficits do not get treated and might even be facilitated. Meals usually are not flavored to the tastes of older people and lose important nutrients through repeated heat-ups or from being kept
Being overweight and obese presents serious health problems not only for adults, but also for children and adolescents. Epidemiological data of the past decades shows a continuous upward trend in the average weight in young people globally. So far, Europe and the United States of America have been affected most with 20 to 30% of children being overweight or obese. However, Asian, African and South American countries are also increasingly affected by this development. Being overweight at a young age is a risk factor tha
Midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world. Its origins can be traced back several millennia to ancient Egypt. In ancient Greece and Rome, midwives were of a high social standing and were mentioned in the writings of Greek scholars and in the Old Testament. One of the earliest midwifery texts is "Gynaikeia", a textbook written in the 2nd century by the Greek physician Soranos of Ephesus. Nowadays, the job profile has become a highly specialized. A midwife monitors the course of pregnancy and is able to do
A sunken face, loose clothes, dry skin and brittle hair - these are often accepted as presumed signs of aging, when in fact they are clear signs of malnutrition. Malnutrition occurs when the energy and nutrient requirements of the body are not adequately met over a long period of time. In developed countries, the elderly are mainly at risk, as the causes of poor nutrition and diet are manifold. When aging, our hunger and appetite decrease. In addition to bloating and digestive problems, dental conditions
For many cultures, eating three proper meals is part of their daily routine. Often these meals are supplemented by other snacks, so that many people regularly eat at intervals of only a few hours. But to what extent does this lifestyle correspond to human physiology? While the amount of people suffering from obesity is steadily increasing globally, so is health awareness in large parts of the population - with new diets and eating habits constantly being developed. Lately, intermittent fasting has become