Keeping to a healthy weight in later life

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Keeping to a healthy weight in later life

The SDownloadmall Appetite Campaign aims to raise awareness of unintended weight loss in later life. It’s not good to be overweight or underweight, and it is easy for weight to drop off without noticing.

Undernutrition in later life is very common and affects over a million older people. It increases the risk of ill health and infections and can result in a longer recovery time from surgery and illness.

If you have noticed rapid or steady weight loss over time, it’s important to see your GP.

He/she will check for any underlying health issues and advise on the best course of action.
Jenny And James - Age Uk Case Study by Sam Mellish

More information and downloads


To find out more about the signs of unhealthy weight loss and what you can do, have a look at our guides. They include tips and ideas for tasty snacks for those with a small appetite:

“Are you eating enough? Advice for older people” booklet

“Eating enough in later life: Advice for carers” booklet 

If you would like hard copies of our Guides, please email

You may also want to download and display our campaign posters:

Smaller appetite? Losing weight?

Is someone you care for losing weight?


To discover more, you may be interested in our blog which will be updated with handy guidance on how undernutrition can be avoided in later life, amongst other topics.

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

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