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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Due to the lack of scientific literature about obesity and its relation to mental health disorders, this text attempts to summarize what is currently known about the phenomena using the most up-to-date research and combining it with various aspects of their treatment
Purpose: Very few clinicians treating patients in the mental health field are immune to the ever-increasing problem of obesity. However, this book attempts to compile what is known about this condition and later relates it to various psychiatric illnesses, suggesting methods for assisting patients in addressing the problem.
Audience: Geared mainly toward mental health providers such as psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychiatric nurses, this text will also be valuable for primary care providers who treat patients suffering from both obesity and mental health conditions.
Features: The main content of this book addresses the relationship between obesity and various mental disorders, more specifically those such as psychosis, depression, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Importantly, there are chapters specifically highlighting the common problems of "Metabolic Syndrome" and "Polycystic Ovary Disease or Syndrome" that contain treatment recommendations with a practical bent. There are some tables, graphs, illustrations and charts scattered throughout the text, but they are in grayscale, which can be frustrating if attempting to analyze the information they present.
Assessment: Unlike any book I have reviewed regarding its focus and intent, this text thankfully sheds some light on the topic of obesity to provide clinicians with evidence-based information in helping patients make informed decisions about their care. While undoubtedly dry, there is some terrific information assisting in weight management techniques, and the chapters about bariatric surgery are revealing and useful. This is not a text to be read cover to cover, but investigated portion by portion as the questions arise during the treatment and management of obese patients with comorbid psychiatric illness.