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Calls for social media firms to pay mental healthcare levy and weight-loss ads to be vetted

Almost a third of British teenagers feel ashamed of their body, with imagery of “idealised” bodies on social media driving their insecurity, new research has found.

The same number of young people have changed their eating habits in an effort to alter how they look, a survey of teenagers undertaken for the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) shows.

Experts said the results were alarming, particularly because body image anxiety can trigger self-harm and suicidal thoughts in teenagers.

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The Guardian

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