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Third of Scottish adults anxious over body image, report finds

15 May 2019

"This is a great chance for our members to share how negative body image is impacting the mental health of girls and young women in Scotland, and how the new advisory group will work to help improve support for young people".

"Our survey has shown that millions of young people in Britain are worrying about their body image".

Ms Haughey said: "From our recently published research, we know that body image is a concern for children and young people".

MHFA England chief executive Simon Blake OBE said: "Despite the increased awareness around mental health in the workplace, employees are telling us that there is still a significant gap in how we think and act about physical and mental health at work".

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week this week, MHFA and Bauer Media Group urged employers to sign up to a workplace manifesto, which asks organisations to treat mental and physical health equally; implement the six core standards for a mentally healthy workplace as set out in the government's Thriving at Work review; and develop diverse and inclusive workplaces where staff feel comfortable to "bring their whole selves" to work.

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"We particularly welcome the commitment to addressing the impact of social media on body image".

Studies have been widely contradictory in their findings around social media and poor mental health in recent years, with a number claiming social media isn't linked to poor mental health.

She said the new advisory group, which will draw members from youth, third sector and equalities groups, was part of the government's overall aim to tackle mental health issues, targeting the impact of social media and body image on people's mental wellbeing.

In February this year, the NHS called for a social media ban on "dubious" health products endorsed by social media stars, calling the endorsements "irresponsible and unsafe".

"Many people identified social media as an important factor causing them to worry about their body image - and the majority of respondents felt the Government needed to take more action".

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Julie Cameron, Head of Programmes at MHF Scotland welcomed the new National Advisory Group on Healthy Body.

Meanwhile a separate QBE survey featuring the workforce side found that not taking time off to recover from a mental health problem had taken a toll on productivity, according to 94% of the 1,300 employees polled.

"Action starts in our families and homes with how we talk about our bodies and about eating, but we also need more regulation of advertising promoting idealised and unattainable body images".

A Rastrick head teacher is highlighting the importance of mental health first aiders in schools in line with Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19). We spend a third of our lives at work and we can't leave our mental health at the door - it's essential businesses get this right'.

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Third of Scottish adults anxious over body image, report finds