Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Persons With Serious Mental Illness Face Higher Prevalence of Obesity

Obesity is a public health crisis within the general population; however, overweight and obesity issues are even more prevalent in persons with serious mental illness, according to a new report, scheduled to be released on October 3, 2008 by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).
Findings and recommendations from the report appear in the September 22 issue of Mental Health Weekly, making the journal the first major media outlet to inform the public of this new technical report.
NASMHPD calls the crisis "an epidemic within an epidemic," and say they hope the new report will go a long way toward improving the systems that provide care and treatment to the SMI population.


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