alexa Dietary And Exercise Educational Program For Patients Taking Antipsychotic Medications
ISSN: 2165-7904

Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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JOINT EVENT 10th International Conference on Childhood Obesity and Nutrition & 2nd International Conference on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
June 12-13, 2017 Rome, Italy

Edna Aurelus
Wagner College, USA
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Obes Weight Loss Ther
DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904-C1-046
In adult patients who are taking antipsychotic medication with a serious side effect of weight gain, how does an educational program on healthy diet and exercise regimen compared to standard care be effective in preventing the increasing rates of overweight and obesity? Overweight and obesity are significant problems in patients being treated with antipsychotic medications. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, affecting over 72 million adults. While individuals in the general population are at risk of physical conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, people with mental illness are at even higher risk. More than onethird or 35.7% of adults in the United States are obese (CDC, 2013). Obesity related conditions or metabolic syndrome includes cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and certain types of cancer are some of the leading cause of preventable death. An exhaustive search was completed analyzing the effectiveness of an educational program in reducing weight gain induce by antipsychotic medication. A 12-week program was designed for people who are prescribed a regimen of antipsychotic medicines. The program included guidelines for regular exercise and diet, along with a weekly 1-hour session of dietary and exercise education. A pre- and postprogram questionnaire was administered to assess attitudes and behaviors about eating. Additionally health outcomes data on body mass index (BMI), weight and waist circumference were collected at baseline and monthly until the completion of the program. Patients taking antipsychotic medications need to be placed on a standard healthy diet in order to prevent any unwanted weight gain. In order to accomplish this goal, patients must be aware of the lifestyle modification needed to prevent such risk. Moderate exercise, avoidance of sedentary lifestyle and of poor nutrition is part of the treatment plan that providers should include when treating patients takes antipsychotic medication.


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