I have a question for those in the United Kingdom:
Is the nutritional supplement, Ensure, available in the United Kingdom?
At home in the USA, Ensure is widely available--in supermarkets, pharmacies, etc. But in the UK, I have yet to find anything like it.
In case you're not familiar with Ensure, it's a liquid nutritional supplement high in protein & calories and is lactose-free. It used to come in small cans, but now comes in small bottles to drink right out of. It comes in vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate flavours. Ensure is the brand name, and there are generic copies under names such as Equate in US stores.
I really need Ensure (or its equivalent) because I am very underweight (skeletally thin, in fact) and have been since birth. I tend to lose more weight than I gain, DESPITE the fact I eat much more than other people eat normally. I'm now living and studying in London (King's College London). I live in a Hall of Residence which has dining facilities, but I cannot get enough food like I could at home in the USA. At home, I have always eaten the equivalent of 3 or more people's portions in one meal--my appetite is so large and my metabolic demands so high. I need to supplement what (comparatively) little I get in the Hall dining room (they only serve a fixed amout to everyone).
For anyone in the United Kingdom: Could you help me find out if Ensure exists in the UK (specifically in or near London)? If Ensure is not available, is there some equivalent type of high-calorie/protein supplement (lactose-free) that is available here?
Your help is greatly appreciated.