Being bullied as a kid makes you twice as likely to be an overweight adult

We know that being called names in the playground takes an enormous toll on your mental health – but it can directly affect your waistline, too. New research from the King’s College, London has found that children who are bullied at school are almost twice as likely to be overweight by the time they hit the age of 18. You might assume that those who were bullied as kids were …

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Mental illness hurts our economy – it’s time companies got proactive

By John Mendoza, University of Sydney  Mental health disorders are the greatest contributor to the burden of disability and the third largest contributor to the burden of disease after all cancers and all cardio-vascular diseases. But unlike the progress we have made over the past 30 years in both cancer and CVD, life expectancy for people with severe mental illnesses has not improved nor has their participation in employment. At …

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Preventing obesity and poor physical health through assessment and ongoing monitoring

Dr Susanne Stanley aims to highlight the poor physical health of the mentally ill, paying particular attention to the high incidence of obesity, which can lead to complications such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Whilst obesity is of great concern in the general population, people with a mental illness face additional factors. For example, psychotropic medication effects such as weight gain can lead to obesity in the mentally …

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