Weight Gain Information on the Internet for People Who Have Schizophrenia


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Abstract

Weight gain and chronic health problems are highly prevalent among people with schizophrenia. Basic information about diet and exercise changes would be very useful to people with schizophrenia as well as the family members and clinicians. Because people increasingly seek information from the World Wide Web, this paper reports on a survey of weight-related information on available web sites. A survey of 21 schizophrenia websites revealed that although fourteen sites (67%) included some information about weight gain and related health problems, more than half of the information was limited to site user-generated comments, and consisted of less than one paragraph of information.

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