The Scottish Association for Mental Health has conducted a survey of 320 people looking into the links between mental illness and unhealthy lifestyles. People with mental-health problems were more likely to feel embarrassed (9% vs 1%) and that they were being judged (11% vs 2%) when taking exercise or going to the gym than people without mental-health problems. People with mental-health problems were four times more likely to have diabetes and men with mental-health problems were twice as likely as other men to drink more than the recommended 21 units of alcohol a week. People with mental-health problems were also more likely to be unable to afford to buy fruit and vegetables and more likely to smoke.
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