Obesity, diabetes and mental health linked

Fri, 09 Oct 2009
According to an online survey of 320 people, people who have mental health issues are likely to avoid physical exercise for fear of being judged and embarrassment. The survey, which is linked to diabetes, was conducted by the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).

The study indicates why those people that suffer from depression are also more likely to become obese . Furthermore, the study indicates that those with mental health problems faced a four times greater likelihood of developing diabetes .

The chief executive of SAMH, Billy Watson, was reported as commenting: "Our research presents compelling evidence that people with mental health problems often feel unable to attend local exercise facilities. This must be addressed by ensuring that such facilities do not discriminate against people with mental health problems. We believe it is crucial that mental health problems and obesity do not become an inevitable partnership and immediate action is required to address this."
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