“Generous” is a standard description in media reports of the Italian pension system. Yet, on the eve of new cuts to pensions announced by the Government of Mario Monti, a million elderly eat little or badly for economic reasons, according to new research. These over 65s lack 400 calories daily on average, especially proteins deriving from costly meat and fish. Even a month of poor diet increases the probability of hospitalisation and fatalities, according to National Congress of the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Sigg). Link to Ansa report.