Prevention | November 2008 | Visit the original article online
When you were younger, "Let's eat!" may have been your family's two favorite words. But research suggests your parents may not approach mealtime with as much enthusiasm as they once did: A 2008 study showed that when it comes to nutrients like calcium and many vitamins, the average intake for people 70 and older is consistently 33 to 55% below where it should be. And that could have serious consequences–unhealthy weight loss, weaker bones, and even illness, says Michael Freedman, MD, a professor of medicine at New York University.