By On September 29th, 2008

Higher prevalence of obesity among individuals with serious mental illness

According to new findings published in the September 22 issue of Mental Health Weekly, obesity, which is a major problem at large within the United States, has a higher prevalence among individuals with serious mental illness. Robert W. Glover, Ph.D., and executive director of NASMHPD, commenting, said, “This report can be viewed as a rallying call for more prevention and intervention strategies for people with SMI struggling with obesity issues.”

The report mentioned that some medications can cause weight gain among people with SMI. Joseph Parks, M.D., and chair of the NASMHPD Medical Directors Council, commented about medications which contribute to obesity in the SMI population saying, “Medical interventions are needed to address issues with medications that can cause obesity and that includes behavior and counseling treatments, medications for weight loss, and surgery‚Ķ” The following is an excerpt of an article from Medical News Today that reviews the findings:

In its new report, NASMHPD has issued a series of recommendations at the national, state and local levels. Recommendations include the implementation of national obesity surveillance/monitoring system for persons with SMI and the promotion of opportunities for healthcare providers, including peer specialists, to teach health lifestyles to families, individuals and older adults.

Mental Health Weekly provides information on business trends, state funding and policy issues, litigation, and more. The publication is a trustworthy source for community-based mental health program directors, hospital administrators and others in the mental healthcare profession.

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