Preventing malnutrition in later life


The Malnutrition Task Force is an independent group of experts across health, social care and local government united to address avoidable and preventable malnutrition in older people.

Established in 2012, we aim to share our expertise and work with partners in hospitals, care homes, local authorities and private and voluntary organisations.

Our focus is Malnutrition in later life1 in 10 older people are suffering from or are at risk of malnutrition INFOGRAPHIC

Malnutrition, here characterised by low body weight and weight loss, is a major cause and consequence of poor health and older people are particularly vulnerable.

Over 3 million people across the UK are either malnourished or at risk of malnourishment. Over 1 million are over the age of 65 and the vast majority of people are living in the community.

The cost of malnutrition is estimated to be in the region of billions of pounds a year.

To see more statistics on malnutrition, please see our Facts page.

Lyn’s story

Lyn’s story shows how malnutrition can affect anyone and why it’s so important to tackle the issue:

Our mission statement

The Malnutrition Task Force’s mission is to make a major difference to the health and quality of life of older people, and bring about significant savings across health and social care, by reducing the number of older people at risk of malnutrition. We will….

  • Raise awareness of malnutrition amongst older people and their families
  • Ensure that all professionals understand their role in preventing and treating malnutrition
  • Demonstrate what good nutritional care looks like and help organisations achieve it
  • Build the case for greater investment in treatment and prevention across the board
  • Make sure the wider public sector, local and national government, companies and third sector organisations working with older people understand what they can do to tackle malnutrition

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Malnutrition Task Force
Tavis House
1 - 6 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9NA

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Tel: 020 3033 1522

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