Nutrition support

Nutrition support is the term used for increasing the calories, protein and other nutrients in a person’s diet if they are unable to eat and drink enough to maintain their weight. This may happen for a variety of reasons, for example

  • Certain medical conditions can affect appetite e.g. cancer and treatments for cancer
  • Neurological conditions such as stroke, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease and dementia may result in a poor intake and/or swallowing difficulties
  • Breathing problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchiectasis result in more calories being used by the body and weight loss can happen even if someone is eating well
  • There may also be circumstances when poor mental health/depression results in a lack of interest in food and cooking.

There are several ways that food and drinks can be fortified and enriched to provide more calories and protein.

For more information please download the documents below.


Dementia and Food

High calorie meals and puddings

High calorie snacks and drinks

Finger Foods

Ideas to help you maintain or gain weight if you need a low fibre diet

Ideas to help you maintain or gain weight

Nutrition Support- Fortifying and Enriching Foods

Other useful websites

If you have any concerns regarding your condition, please ask your doctor, or any other health care professional, to refer you to the Dietetic service.