Population-based studies of nutrition and health in Asia Pacific elderly Academic Article uri icon


  • The systematic observation of food habits and health amongst the elderly, both cross-sectionally and longitudinally, in the Asia Pacific region is increasing as reflected in the recent collective report of a number of intake and health variables in Taiwanese communities. Most studies are of Chinese and Japanese-speaking populations, with some from elsewhere in Northeast Asia (notably Korea) and Southeast Asia (notably the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore). These, and other international studies, demonstrate that older people can eat in various ways and yet achieve longevity and minimum morbidity, provided they remain physically and mentally active and eat a variety of relatively intact foods, including fish and pulses (lentils, legumes, beans). Such studies are the foundation of a new generation of food and health policy for the aged, with reference to EBN (evidence-based nutrition) and reflected in FBDGs (food-based dietary guidelines) which acknowledge cultural difference and support sustainable food systems.

publication date

  • December 1, 2005