Obesity is not classed as a psychiatric disorder, but psychologically driven overeating may contribute to its development, and psychological problems may result from it. Increases in prevalence of obesity are of course a lifestyle issue (people are becoming less active) rather than a psychiatric one. Therefore, psychiatrists should perhaps concentrate on not making obesity worse by inappropriate prescribing of psychotropic medication for too long, or in too high doses. Patients on the newer antipsychotic drugs, especially olanzepine, need careful watching.

Further reading

NICE. Eating disorders. http://www.nice.org.uk/page.aspx?o=cg009niceguidance. Palmer, B. (2006). Come the revolution - revisiting the management of anorexia nervosa. Adv Psychiatr Treat 12, 5-12.

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