Mental health problems such as anxiety and depression lead to obesity because victims are too embarrassed to take exercise, according to the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH).
Says chief executive Billy Watson: "Our research presents compelling evidence that people with mental health problems often feel unable to attend local exercise facilities.
"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."
An association survey also found that such problems are four times more likely to lead diabetes and twice as likely to cause high blood pressure.
The poll found that out of 112 people with such problems, 9% were too embarrassed and 11% worried that people would judge them.
That compares with 1% being embarrassed and 2% fearing being judged among 138 people who did not have a mental health problems.
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