Dissecting the obesogenic environment of a psychiatric setting: client perspectives

Paul Gorczynski, Guy Faulkner, Tony Cohn

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This qualitative study asked individuals with schizophrenia to identify environmental factors in a psychiatric facility that influence their diet, physical activity, and ultimately weight. Participants took photographs of environmental elements they perceived to be obesogenic within the hospital and then participated in a semi-structured interview during which they were asked about the identified environmental elements. The Analysis Grid for Environments Linked to Obesity (ANGELO) framework was used for the analysis of data. Participants recommended individual and environmental approaches to address obesity. The ANGELO framework is a useful tool for identifying obesogenic factors, a process that can inform environmental interventions in psychiatric settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-68
JournalCanadian Journal of Community Mental Health
Issue number3
Early online date10 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


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