Journal article

Obesity and nutrition behaviours in Western and Palestinian outpatients with severe mental illness.

David Jakabek, Frances Quirk, Martin Driessen, Yousef Aljeesh, Bernhard T Baune

BMC Psychiatry | Published : 2011

Abstract

BACKGROUND: While people with severe mental illness have been found to be more overweight and obese in Western nations, it is unknown to what extent this occurs in Middle Eastern nations and which eating behaviours contribute to obesity in Middle Eastern nations. METHOD: A total of 665 responses were obtained from patients with serious mental illness attending out-patient clinics in Western developed countries (Germany, UK and Australia; n = 518) and Palestine (n = 147). Patients were evaluated by ICD-10 clinical diagnosis, anthropometric measurements and completed a self-report measure of frequencies of consuming different food items and reasons for eating. Nutritional habits were compared ..

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