Empowerment for adults with chronic mental health problems and obesity

Nurs Stand. 2001 Jun;15(39):37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2001.


Obesity is a major health risk and a common problem among people with mental health problems. This article examines the role of empowerment within a health promotion framework for overweight and obese adults with chronic mental health problems. Behaviour change, while a valid strategy for health promotion, might not achieve the desired health gain. On the other hand, an empowered individual or community is able to bring about positive and permanent change by mobilising the necessary resources to achieve health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chronic Disease
  • Community Participation*
  • Goals
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Life Style
  • Mental Disorders / complications
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Models, Psychological
  • Morale
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Patient Participation*
  • Power, Psychological*
  • Self Care / methods
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Self Efficacy