Serious Mental Illness May Be No Obstacle To Weight Loss.

HealthDay (3/22, Preidt) reports, “Despite beliefs to the contrary, overweight people with a serious mental illness are able to make the lifestyle changes necessary to lose weight,” according to a study simultaneously published online March 21 in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented at the American Heart Association meeting. “The study included 291 overweight or obese patients with a serious mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.” Researchers enrolled 144 patients “in a program that provided them with simple nutrition advice, counseling and regular exercise classes.” The remaining 147 patients received no guidance for weight loss and served as the control group.

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— “Mental Illness May Not Impede Healthy Weight Loss, Study Says, “Robert Preidt, HealthDay, March 21, 2013.

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