I am highly passionate about improving the way we live. During my studies in Germany I led one of the worlds’ largest student-run business organisations, connecting corporate leaders with students from 70 nations, aiming to develop solutions for some of the many problems the world has got today. Since 2013, I help building an HR-Tech company that successfully empowers individuals to access and develop their careers. LSE enabled me to connect, learn and grow in many ways. With my dissertation I was allowed to work in the field of health and ageing which is highly important for our future.
Dietary habits in advanced age. An investigation of food choice drivers, approaching to fight malnutrition among the elderly in the UK.
Supervisor: Saadi Lahlou
The nutrition screening week surveys of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) from 2014 revealed that more than 3 million individuals in the UK, almost half of which were aged 65 years or older, are estimated to be at risk of malnutrition (Russell & Elia, 2014). By 2044, the population share of elderly people in the UK is projected to rise to 24.5% as compared to 18% in 2016 (Office for National Statistics, 2017). The estimated costs of malnutrition in 2011-12 were £19.6 billion, with a 50% increase from 2007, and is expected to further grow with the aging population (Elia, 2015). These alarming figures highlight the importance to understand how malnutrition evolves and which measures can be taken to reduce its prevalence. This study used Subjective Evidence-Based Ethnography to identify the important drivers influencing food choices of individuals aged 65 years and older living in the UK. First-person video data of food consumption related behaviour, including grocery shopping, cooking, and eating was collected from 16 individuals. The data have been analysed using (1) a multiple-perspective model of the food choice process (MFCP) (Furst et al., 1996) and (2) the concept of embodied self-regulation (Petit et al., 2016) as a guideline to further assess the inner value negotiations which occur during a food-choice event. Our findings uncover different food choices and document change processes related to the ageing process that affect food intake. We have furthermore identified six different drivers of food consumption in the elderly.