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The malnutrition wars: new recommendations for energy prediction equations for over 65-year-olds.

For decades health care professionals and the nutrition workforce have been using equations to predict energy requirements in older adults. New international research spearheaded by the Monash University Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food has found that these commonly used equations often underestimate energy needs. Their work has identified the equations that best predict energy needs in a bid to mitigate unwanted weight loss in our aging population.
We now live in a world where our parents retire, grow into old age, travel the world and possibly become grandparents - we’re living longer. The size of the “grey” army isn’t set to slow down either, with the United Nations forecasting that the number of over 60’s will double from 901 million to 1.4 billion between 2015 and 2030, exploding to 2.1 billion by 2050 [1]! But just because we’re living longer, doesn’t necessarily mean we’re healthier. One of the challenges we’re facing is how to plan for this change so that healthcare…

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