May 26, 2019

Third of Scottish adults anxious over body image, report finds

14 May 2019, 06:40 | Silvia Roy

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

The survey of 4,505 adults also found that about a third of United Kingdom adults have felt anxious or depressed because of concerns about their body image.

Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies - also found that just over one in three adults has felt depressed because of their body image, while 20% have felt "shame" because of their body image over the past year.

However, the survey also showed that 40% of the senior decision-makers experienced a loss of business as a result of staff continuing to work while experiencing mental health problems.

Julie Cameron of MHF Scotland said: "Our poll has uncovered that millions of adults across Scotland are struggling with concerns about their body image".

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To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness week, we take a look a closer look at why negative body image is affecting more people from a younger age.

"This will build on our package of measures to improve the mental health of young people, and directly target the impact of social media and body image on mental wellbeing".

YouGov surveyed 4,505 people aged 18-plus in the United Kingdom, including 104 here. 25% of men surveyed said they felt depressed because of concerns about their body image.

The charity wants the United Kingdom government to take action, by regulating social media and giving more powers to the Advertising Standards Authority.

It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and business insurance specialist QBE has released the findings of its survey aimed at highlighting the impact of mental health support - or the lack of it - in the workplace. For some people this is potentially very severe, with large numbers of people saying they have self-harmed or had suicidal thoughts and feelings.

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"This could be enforced by the new independent regulator, which is already part of the Government proposals in the Online Harms White Paper".

Read the full report: Body Image: How we think and feel about our bodies.

More than half said that celebrities and "influencers" sharing more realistic images of themselves would encourage people to post content that more accurately reflects what they look like in real life, it found. YMCA England and Wales chief executive Denise Hatton said social media presents "a multitude of dangers" for young people.

"Workplace cultures mean many are not taking time off when they need it".

"We recognise the link of unhealthy use of social media and lower mental wellbeing which is why we've committed to publishing advice on healthy social media use and I would see that both these pieces of work would link in together".

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