Ngaire Hobbins in the news and media

As an authority on ageing and brain health, Ngaire often appears in the news

Below you will find a selection of articles about Ngaire across the media, including TV, radio, newspapers and health related websites.

The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Online Media

Poor quality food in nursing homes hastens residents' demise

A nursing home is not a hospital. As the name says, it's a resident's home. Photo: Rob Homer

A nursing home is not a hospital. As the name says, it's a resident's home. Photo: Rob Homer

Better Living Podcast

Better Brain Food Discussion

2UE Talking Lifestyle - Better Living Podcast on Better Brain Food

talkback, talking brain health

Podcast recording 

ABC Hobart

Talkback, listener questions answered

Soundcloud recording from talkback on 936 Hobart.

Dietitians Association of Australia Conference 2017


A conversation about eating in later age, with a focus on breakfast choices.

ABC Hobart

You can outfox dementia, yet still enjoy your favourite foods

Soundcloud recording from talkback on 936 Hobart.

Sydney Morning Herald

Eat To Cheat Dementia Review

Thanks so much to Paula Goodyer, Walkeley award winning health journalist, for this great article in the Sydney Morning Herald online today!

Prevention Magazine

How Your Appetite Changes In Your 30s, 40s, 50s, And 60s

Reduced appetite can be quite a problem as people approach later age. I spoke with Sarah Klein at Prevention Magazine about this.

ABC Hobart

What To Eat Now You're 70

I just had a chat with Firas Massouh about what you need to include in your diet as you age. Have a listen!

ABC Nightlife

Fitness And Nutrition For 40 And Up

I was honoured to be on the program with Professor Maria Fiatarone-Singh who is an expert in the benefits of exercise in ageing. We had a great chat about what healthy ageing is all about.

ABC Hobart

Talkback: Your Questions Answered Segment

ABC Radio National - Life Matters

Why Dieting Can Be Dangerous When You're Over 60

We spoke of why losing weight is not always a good thing and about eating to maintain independence and vitality in later life.

University of Tasmania

National Gerontology Conference

I organised an excellent colloquium at the annual conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology in November called "Eat to Live, Live to Eat" where I spoke along with my friends Jane Tolman - a wonderful geriatrician, and Maggie Beer - renowned chef currently championing the improvement of food in aged care. Here is a link to the University of Tasmania bulletin reporting on that event.

Experience Life

Understanding Alzheimers

Good info here giving you a glimpse of what's in my 'Eat To Cheat Dementia.'

In there, I add to what's said here with practical, sensible advice to put the ideas into effect. Gut health is one important key, along with exercise and life balance. The only caveat on this article is that food varies from country to country - this talks about food available in the US, it's not always produced the same way in all countries. Eating minimally processed local food is always ideal.

Australia All Over

Conversation with Macca

I had a great to chat with Macca yesterday on Australia All Over. If you missed it here is a link to the program.

NBC Hartford

Connecticut interview

I had the pleasure of an interview on NBC in Connecticut And enjoyed a lovely drive out of Manhattan for the day to see some different scenery too!

Media Release

May 2014

Too many of Australia’s senior citizens are unwittingly starving themselves into ill health and physical decline, according to a book just launched in Australia today.

“Eat to Cheat Ageing” by specialist geriatric dietitian, Ngaire Hobbins, argues that many older Australians are consuming insufficient protein and other vital nutrients that could help their bodies and brains confront the challenges of age. Too little protein especially, when combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is slowly robbing too many older Australians of muscle leading to frailty and disability. That, combined with too few antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in real food is hampering their brains and other body systems, the book says.

“As a clinical dietitian advising older patients, I have seen it too many times – people 65 years plus with diets more in keeping with people 20 years younger. They present with atrophied, wasted muscles and live within an endless, vicious loop – they lack strength so they do less physically which leads to even less strength and a seemingly endless array of complaints and illnesses that result from inadequate diets. “Muscles are the key to healthier old age and muscles depend on exercise and an adequate intake of protein – which means more, not less, protein when you are older to remain strong and effective. That’s not negotiable, but is all too often overlooked.”

The book urges older Australians to stop following health advice that no longer applies to them. Ms Hobbins believes that the deficient eating habits of older Australians are a carry over from when they were younger. “For years, when younger, people struggled to ‘eat right’ and not too much. The pinnacle of good nutrition was a plate piled high with veges and a salad. Quite right then, but not adequate to confront the challenges age imposes on our bodies. Those greens are still needed but, now, meats and cheeses should loom larger in the nutrition picture.

“Why? Because your muscles need extra protein now: they underpin the immune system, help maintain body organs, help wounds to heal, assist in diabetes control and provide back-up fuel for the brain. Muscles have always done that but their role is more critical at later age when mounting wear and tear and slowing body sytems take effect. From now on, eating right can be as easy as putting protein front and centre in most meals and staying active so you don’t short change your muscles.

 “It is often difficult to convince older Australians that they need to eat more of anything. “I often hear them say ‘but I dont need as much now I’m older’, ‘I just don’t feel as hungry’ or ‘I’m overweight, surely I should be eating less?’” But according to Ms Hobbins, all older people, including even those who are considered overweight are at high risk of losing critical muscle mass if they lose weight. “It is possible to limit that loss by doing plenty of targeted, well planned exercise while getting the protein muscles need. Too many people instead lose weight either unintentionally or by dieting and that ultimately ends in frailty and ill health.

“My clear advice to older Australians is this: being a bit overweight is better for your health than being very lean. The science is quite clear: people older than 65 or so and who are a bit heavier than ‘normal’ weight, have fewer health problems and are likely to live longer than those who are slimmer. Strange, perhaps, but true.”

 The burden of poor eating extends into the already overstretched health systems. That burden includes: longer hospital stays, extended healing and recovery times, increased chance of infection, general illness and falls. Many of these problems can be reduced by just getting people to eat what ageing bodies really need. And, as Ms Hobbins notes: “eating well might not be able to save everyone from dementia, but it will certainly help minimise the weight and muscle loss that makes the illness worse.

According to Ms Hobbins “the consequences of not eating when you really need the food can be downright disastrous – people are actually starving themselves into weight loss, illness and declining mental and physical abilities that all too quickly snatch away precious independence. “In truth, significant health cost savings as well as vast improvements to quality of life are there to be made among older Australians simply by virtue of them eating sufficient of the foods – in particular, the protein – they need in old age,” Ms Hobbins added.

ABC Radio Hobart  - talkback on Saturday June 9, 2018

Another great chat with Chris Wisbey on 936 ABC Radio Hobart here

Article in Australian Ageing Agenda, November 9, 2018