Quoted: Stephen Bartels on Mental Illness and Obesity


Dartmouth Now takes note when faculty members weigh in on issues of the day. Here is today’s “Quoted”:

“Upwards of 80 percent of people with serious mental illness are overweight or obese, and rates of obesity among people with serious mental illness are nearly double the rate within the general population, which represents an alarming public health concern,” says Professor Stephen Bartels in an Associated Press story, published by The Olympian, about the incidence of obesity in the mentally ill.

Bartels is the director of the Dartmouth Center for Health and Aging, a professor of psychiatry and of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, and a professor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

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