Here is the quick survey referred to in news reports.
“Four Questions That May Save Your Grandma?s Life: SNAQ Screening Tool Predicts Weight Loss
ST. LOUIS — A four-question screening tool can predict which older patients with appetite problems are likely to lose weight, placing them at greater risk of death, according to Saint Louis University research.
The questionnaire is called the SNAQ (pronounced snack), the Simplified Nutritional Appetite Questionnaire, and takes less than two minutes to answer.
?This tool tells us whether a poor appetite is likely to kill you. It identifies the patients who have problems with their appetite and will go on to lose weight,? says Margaret-Mary Wilson, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine and geriatrics at Saint Louis University and lead author.
?The watch-and-wait approach is dangerous when it comes to weight loss in older adults. We?re dealing with a problem that can be fatal.? ”
December 13, 2005 SNAQ Assessment Tool
My appetite is
1. very poor
5. very good
When I eat
1. I feel full after eating only a few mouthfuls
2. I feel full after eating about a third of a meal
3. I feel full after eating over half a meal
4. I feel full after eating most of the meal
5. I hardly ever feel full
1. very bad
5. very good
Normally I eat
1. less than one meal a day
2. one meal a day
3. two meals a day
4. three meals a day
5. more than three meals a day
Tally the results based on the following numerical scale: a = 1, b = 2, c = 3, d = 4, e = 5. The sum of the scores for the individual items constitutes the SNAQ score. SNAQ score ?14 indicates significant risk of at least 5 % weight loss within six months.