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Introduction. Weight Gain With Psychotropics: Size Does Matter

Prakash S. Masand, MD

Published: August 1, 1999

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Weight gain in adulthood and obesity are common conditions in the United States. At present, 31% of men and 35% of women are considered obese, defined as having a body mass index greater than 30 kg/m2 or weighing 20% or more over their ideal weight.1 Aside from the social stigma attached to being overweight, obese persons are at higher risk for a range of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and sleep apnea.’ ‹

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