Weight gain in young patients with psychiatric disorders is often a metabolic disturbance caused by a side effect of the psychotropic drugs they take as part of treatment. This weight gain has consequences not just in cardiovascular and metabolic disorders; it doesn’t help psychologically if patients feel bad about themselves because of the extra weight.
With the help of an athletic coach and a nutritionist, the project sets up a specific treatment program for these patients by limiting the unwanted side effects of psychotropic treatment. The young adolescents are led to understand the benefit of a healthier lifestyle from a dietary perspective, with physical activity as a key component. This support helps them to accept themselves more fully
Dr. Othman Sentissi El Idrissi, Deputy Head Physician, Head of Unit, Adult Psychiatry Division, Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, Geneva University Hospitals
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