Project Achieve (video) NIH/National Institute of Mental Health Loading video... Caption Over 80 percent of people with serious mental illnesses are overweight or obese, which contributes to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and a shortened life expectancy than that of the general population. Yet they are often left out of weight loss studies. An NIMH-funded study called Project ACHIEVE challenged this notion—and succeeded. Credit NIMH Usage Restrictions None Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.