Journal article

Altered body weight associated with substance abuse: a look beyond food intake

Rose Crossin, Andrew J Lawrence, Zane B Andrews, Jhodie R Duncan



Background: Substance abuse can cause a range of harmful secondary health consequences, including body weight changes. These remain poorly understood but can lead to metabolic disorders including obesity and diabetes. Energy balance is a function of the equation: energy balance = energy intake–energy expenditure; an imbalance to this equation results in body weight changes. Currently, in the clinical setting, changes to food intake (energy intake) are considered as the primary mediator of body weight changes related to substance abuse, reflected in the current treatment focus on nutritional intervention. The influence of substance abuse on energy expenditure receives less attention. The aim ..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The research was supported by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (940835), of which AJL is a Principal Research Fellow (1020737) and ZBA is a Research Fellow (1084344), the Australian Research Council (DP 110100379) of which JRD was a Future Fellow during the time of the study (100100235), the Australian RTP scheme from which RC receives a scholarship, and the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Scheme. Funding bodies had no involvement in the design, analysis and decision to publish. There are no conflicts of interest or financial disclosures in this work.