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Finding food again: talking ‘altered eating’

Loss of appetite and of enjoyment from food is a continuous struggle for people in aged care, as well as those who have faced serious illness such as cancer and neurological disorders.

Altered eating – the term applied to the inability to enjoy food and eat well through illness – can have serious health consequences and an overall impact on one’s ability to fully enjoy life, and for these reasons UK researcher Dr Duika Burges Watson is intent on helping people to love food again.

“The key point is to raise the possibility that sensory systems are not fixed and can be improved with training,” said Watson. “Putting joy back on the menu is something I feel passionate about.”

Watson is the co-lead of the Altered Eating Research Network in the UK and recently visited Flinders University to discuss some of her work. She spoke with Aged Care Insite while she was here.

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