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March 2011
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Innovations for Aging in Place
Home sweet home is where most people prefer to remain as they age. Read about the technological advances that may make it easier. Read more »

What’s in a Name?
A psychologist discusses why workers should not refer to their elder patients by first name.
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Thinking Globally, Acting Locally
Globalization is reshaping many professions, and social work is no exception. Increasingly, social workers are recognizing the importance of incorporating an international perspective into their practice, research, or educational activities. Read more »

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Editor’s E-Note

Some critics claim that Michelle Obama is trying to exert too much control over Americans’ nutrition, eating, and exercise patterns, among other things, but I wish there had been the same vigorous campaign to curb obesity during my childhood. At the time, research and knowledge did not permeate the culture as it does now, proving the undeniable link between physical and mental health and, further, the mind/body/spirit connection.

If you think obesity is not a social work issue, you are wrong. It is an issue of individual well-being and public health, and those are not only social work issues but multidisciplinary healthcare concerns. Much like “it takes a village to raise a child,” it will take many disciplines to effect the cultural sea change that will begin to reduce our adiposity as well as its related mental health problems.

This month’s E-News Exclusive looks at the critical link between obesity and mental health. It discusses a nursing study, but don’t dismiss it because it is not from a social work researcher. It makes a clear and cogent case for all healthcare disciplines to work together to try to prevent obesity before it takes root in our adult behavior patterns.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive

The Obesity/Mental Health Link: A Multidisciplinary Healthcare Challenge

The mental health of children who are obese should be a primary focus of researchers studying childhood obesity, according to Christine Calamaro, PhD, CRNP, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

 “My interest in this is not just about the weight of our kids anymore,” explains Calamaro, a research scientist in pediatric nursing. “It is about all the problems associated with obesity. When you start talking about adolescents [emerging] into adulthood, you have to consider comorbidities such as depression and diabetes.”

In the past 40 years, the number of children who are obese has increased fourfold, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), now affecting 17% of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19.

Recent research on children who are obese has focused on a link between a lack of sleep duration or quality of sleep.

“We know there is a link, but what are the things causing it?” asks Calamaro.

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Other Social Work News...

Minding the Mind-Heart Connection
According to the Los Angles Times, medicine is paying more attention to the mind-heart connection but must devise more effective ways than physicians' advice of "lose weight and exercise" to help patients with depression.

Self-Injury Videos a Risk to Troubled Adolescents
The Denver Post shares an Associated Press report on a study of YouTube self-injury videos and their dangers to those at-risk for mental illness.

Psychotherapy Can Help With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
According to The New York Times, a study shows that psychotherapy combined with a gradual increase in exercise can significantly benefit individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome.

More Than One Half of States Do Not Comply With Mental Health Gun Laws
NPR.org shares an Associated Press review of post-Virgina Tech gun laws showing that few states are compliant.

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