Richart said if friends or family believe an older loved one is not getting the proper nutrition they need, they should check in pantries and refrigerators during regular visits.
“Look for the essentials that might be missing and help check expiration dates to remove items that might be spoiled,” she said.
Keith said the most important way for people to improve their nutrition is to always watch what is being consumed.
“They should take a good hard look at all those extra calories like a pop, a piece of candy and be very mindful of all the sweets,” she said. “You might think it doesn’t all add up, but when it comes to your weight it does, and seniors are not as active as younger people so it would be even more important for them.
“Bite, licks and tastes – they all matter.”
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The costs of poor nutrition Obesity-related medical conditions cost the nation about $150 billion each year and account for 16 to 18 percent of total health care costs (1 in every 6 dollars spent). Projections estimate that by 2018, obesity will cost the U.S. 21 percent of our total health care costs -- $344 billion annually. Those who are obese have medical costs that are $1,429 more than those of normal weight on average (roughly 42 percent higher). Obesity is also a growing threat to national security - 27 percent of young Americans are too overweight to serve in the military. Approximately 15,000 potential recruits fail their physicals every year because they are unfit. Source: President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition