Obesity

Behavioral treatment of obesity in patients taking antipsychotic medications.

OBJECTIVE: Antipsychotic medications are associated with weight gain and metabolic dysregulation, yet little is known about the management of obesity among individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Thus we sought to evaluate the potential utility of a behavioral weight control program for this population. METHOD: Outpatients receiving psychiatric care at a university medical center […]

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Obesity prevalence among a group of Chicago residents with disabilities.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the prevalence of overweight, obesity, and extreme obesity in a predominantly minority group of adults with disabilities. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study using secondary data analysis. SETTING: Major university medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Adults with physical and cognitive disabilities (N = 306). INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Direct measures of height and weight to […]

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Fighting fit? An evaluation of health practitioner input to improve healthy living and reduce obesity for adults with learning disabilities.

People with learning disabilities are at high risk of obesity and consequent health risks. This study aimed to (1) describe levels of obesity for adults supported by learning disability services, and to (2) evaluate the effectiveness of health practitioner input with individuals with learning disabilities. Body mass index (BMI) was measured at 6 month intervals […]

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Obesity among people with and without mental retardation across adulthood.

OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to explore obesity during adulthood and the likelihood of moving out of obesity among 1809 adults without disability and 680 adults with mental retardation who received care at the same primary care practices during the period of 1990 to 2003. Research Method and Procedures: A retrospective observational design using medical […]

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Prevalence and correlates of obesity in a community sample of individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.

Individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) have a preponderance of weight problems, possibly even greater than the obesity epidemic in the general population. Although atypical antipsychotics cause weight gain, their contribution to obesity has not been characterized in a community setting where individuals may take multiple psychotropics associated with weight gain. Using survey […]

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