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Third of Scottish adults anxious over body image, report finds

Third of Scottish adults anxious over body image, report finds

The Scottish Government's Advisory Group on Healthy Body Image - which will include members from youth, third sector and equalities groups - will identify steps to improve support for young people and advice for relevant professionals.

Led by Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio, and working with Heads Together, the mental health campaign spearheaded by the duke's Royal Foundation, the broadcast highlighted an important message as the week-long awareness initiative for mental health began.

For the younger generation, Griffin said concerns consisted of paying school fees, mortgages and saving for retirement, and advisers should work to help their clients create a financial plan that was suitable to their needs and, as such, should help improve their mental health.

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". During the Week the MHF will be publishing new research and campaigning for change.

"Body image issues can affect anyone and at any stage in life". The charity wants tough reforms to the social media and advertising linked by critics to body image problems.

Just over 1 in 8 British adults has experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings due to their body image, a new survey has found.

"This social harm has been allowed to develop largely unchecked".

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Ms Cameron said: "This could be enforced by the proposed new independent regulator, which is already part of the Government proposals".

He added: "Being body-conscious is not exclusive to women, yet when a man takes pride in his appearance or has anxieties about his body, this is often met with a joke, sarcasm or a putdown".

"We need to support each other as a society and break the stereotype of what people should look like".

The Mental Health Minute sees hundreds of United Kingdom radio stations broadcast a minute-long message at 10.59am today.

The advisory group - whose members have not yet been announced - will look at links between social media use and body image issues.

A new group being set up by ministers will examine how body image impacts on young people's mental wellbeing.

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.