Malnutrition & Food Security
Contributor: Kristen Ticknor, Registered Dietitian with the
Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority
In every stage of life, we need nutritious food to thrive.
From infancy through to our later years, we depend on a healthy diet packed with nutrients to help build strong bones and muscles, stave off chronic diseases and give us the energy we need to live our lives.
And yet, many among us are not getting the nutrition we need to maintain our health.
In fact, a large national study recently found that upon admission to Canadian hospitals, 45 per cent of patients were found to be malnourished. In other words, almost half of the patients were not meeting their nutrition requirements in order to stay healthy.
So what accounts for this problem?