Overeating can lead to all sorts of health problems for loved ones with mental illness

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Mental awareness and food – struggling with disordered eating

If you’ve been caring for a loved one with mental illness, you will know all about binge eating and overeating and how difficult it is to control it.

Most overeating is blamed on medication and I think it’s well known for those taking clozapine, for instance. We know, for instance, that serotonin deficiency has been found to lead to carbohydrate cravings and weight gain. Those who lack serotonin seem to be self-medicating with food.

Overweight and obesity are major risk factors for several chronic diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

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