The Potential Role of Sports Psychology in the Obesity Epidemic.

The potential role of sports psychology in the obesity epidemic.

Prim Care. 2013 Jun; 40(2): 507-23
Morelli V, Davis C

Sports psychologists play an important role in enhancing performance among athletes. In conjunction with team physicians, they can also shed light on psychological disorders common in athletes, such as mood and eating disorders, and overtraining syndrome. Sports psychologists can also lend their expertise to assist with injury prevention and recovery and compliance issues. Sports psychology has a role in helping to reverse the growing obesity epidemic among school-aged children. These professionals, working with coaches, can increase children’s levels of physical activity. Cognitive-behavioral techniques could lead to enhanced enjoyment, increased participation, improved school performance, and a reduction in obesity. HubMed – eating disorders


Geriatric rehabilitation for patients with advanced COPD: programme characteristics and case studies.

Int J Palliat Nurs. 2013 Mar; 19(3): 141-6
F van Dam van Isselt E, H Groenewegen-Sipkema K, Spruit-van Eijk M, H Chavannes N, P Achterberg W

Considering the worldwide ageing of populations, there is a growing need for rehabilitation programmes specifically designed for geriatric patients. The authors developed and implemented a post-acute geriatric rehabilitation programme in a skilled nursing facility for patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-the GR-COPD programme. This paper describes the characteristics of the programme and presents three case studies to illustrate its possible benefits for individual patients. The case studies show that integration of rehabilitation and palliative care components is essential, as patients with advanced COPD admitted to hospital for an acute exacerbation often suffer from high symptom burden, deteriorating quality of life, and poor prognosis. Development and implementation of a post-acute GR-COPD programme is feasible and can offer substantial benefits for patients with advanced COPD admitted to hospital for an acute exacerbation. HubMed – eating disorders


Preventing the development of metabolic syndrome in people with psychotic disorders-difficult, but possible: experiences of staff working in psychosis outpatient care in sweden.

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2013 May; 34(5): 350-8
Bergqvist A, Karlsson M, Foldemo A, Wärdig R, Hultsjö S

The aim of this study was to explore mental health staffs’ experiences of assisting people with psychotic disorders to implement lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent metabolic syndrome. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 12 health care professionals working in psychosis outpatient care in Sweden. Data were analysed using a qualitative content analysis. The results illustrate that implementation of lifestyle changes among people with psychotic disorders was experienced as difficult, but possible. The greatest obstacles experienced in this work were difficulties due to the reduction of cognitive functions associated with the disease. Guidelines available to staff in order to help them identify and prevent physical health problems in the group were not always followed and the content was not always relevant. Staff further described feelings of uncertainty about having to motivate people to take anti-psychotic medication while simultaneously being aware of the risks of metabolic deviations. Nursing interventions focusing on organising daily routines before conducting a more active prevention of metabolic syndrome, including information and practical support, were experienced as necessary. The importance of healthy eating and physical activity needs to be communicated in such a way that it is adjusted to the person’s cognitive ability, and should be repeated over time, both verbally and in writing. Such efforts, in combination with empathic and seriously committed community-based social support, were experienced as having the best effect over time. Permanent lifestyle changes were experienced as having to be carried out on the patient’s terms and in his or her home environment. HubMed – eating disorders


Brain development and neurocircuit modeling are the interface between genetic/environmental risk factors and eating disorders. A commentary on keel & forney and friederich et al.

Int J Eat Disord. 2013 Jul; 46(5): 443-6
Favaro A

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Risky circuitry? psychosocial risk factors and neural circuits in the development and persistence of eating disorders. A commentary on keel & forney and friederich et al.

Int J Eat Disord. 2013 Jul; 46(5): 440-2
Walsh BT

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