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People Who Are Seriously Mentally Ill And Obese Can Still Lose Weight – Study

March 21, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
People with serious mental illness often are overweight or obese. They have mortality rates two to three times higher than the general population. Many get no exercise and take several psychotropic medications that lead to weight gain. But these people can still lose weight, according to a U.S. study. Healthy behavioral changes involving simple nutrition messages, counseling and regular exercise can make a significant difference. The study involved 291 overweight or obese patients with serious mental illness who were randomly assigned to either an intervention group or a control group. After 18 months of weight management education and exercise classes, the intervention group lost an average of seven more pounds than the control group.
Gail L. Daumit et al., "A Behavioral Weight-Loss Intervention in Persons with Serious Mental Illness", New England Journal of Medicine, March 21, 2013, © Massachusetts Medical Society
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