Obesity and psychiatric disorders


eating disorders
mental disorders

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Karoń, K., & Kozakowski, J. (2023). Obesity and psychiatric disorders. Wiedza Medyczna, 5(1), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.36553/wm.148


Obesity and mental disorders belong to the most alarming health concerns in the modern era, and when they co-occur, they can pose a significant threat to patients' overall health and well-being. It has been shown that obesity increases the risk of developing psychiatric conditions, and individuals with mental illness are more likely to become obese. The relationship between psychiatric illness and weight is complex and involves multiple factors, including neurobiological, psycking it challenging for individuals to follow a healthy lifestyle. Another undisputable association between obesity and mental illness is the iatrogenic weight gain caused by psychopharmacological treatment. Managing weight in individuals with mental illness and obesity should involve prescribing weight-neutral medications for managing psychiatric symptoms, evaluation of associated comorbidities and metabolic risk factors, utilization of behavioral weight management techniques, and potentially adding weight loss pharmacotherapy if needed.



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