Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.
Obese persons do not have higher rates of mental illness. However, among patients seeking treatment for obesity, psychiatric symptoms are more prevalent. The patients seeking help are often heavier, more disabled by their obesity, and therefore more distressed.1 In Obesity and Mental Disorders, expert editors and contributors take a comprehensive look at obesity and its relationship to mental illness.
Vaidya V. Obesity, Mental Health. JAMA. 2006;296(10):1294-1299. doi:10.1001/jama.296.10.1295-a