• People who reported receiving a mental health diagnosis were more likely to report having risk factors such as being overweight or obese, having inadequate physical activity, being smokers or engaging in risky alcohol use (Davidson et al 2001; Taylor et al 2012).
  • Rates of smoking, overweight and obesity, physical activity and alcohol consumption have remained relatively stable since 2007-2008 for people who reported receiving a mental health diagnosis.


Davidson S, Judd F, Jolley D, Hocking B, Thompson S, Hyland B. Cardiovascular risk factors for people with mental illness. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 2001;35(2):192-202

Taylor VH, McIntyre RS, Remington G, Levitan RD, Stonehocker B, Sharma AM. Beyond pharmacotherapy: understanding the links between obesity and chronic mental illness. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 2012;27(1):5-12


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