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Does it surprise you that in a recent survey just over a quarter of hospital patients in their 20s were found to be in danger of malnourishment?.

‘No, due to the amount of junk food they eat and the fact that they have been brought up in a culture of both parents working and a diet of easy-to-cook ready meals’
Caroline Hodgson, community psychiatric nurse, Lincoln

‘Not really. The choice and quality of hospital food still leaves a lot to be desired sometimes. We are still not dealing with the quality of food despite knowing nutrition to be so important for healing’
Debbie Gifford, ENT clinical skills sister, Kent & Sussex Hospital

‘Not in the slightest. Peer pressures to emulate stick-thin supermodels will inevitably result in some alarming repercussions’
Stephen Weeks, day treatment nurse, West Yorkshire

‘This comes as no surprise at all. I remember once working agency on a dermatology ward, where the patients were fit and young and hungry. Most had food brought in by relatives’
Angela Kydd, senior lecturer, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of Paisley

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