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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". And it shows in how those who do suffer with these common conditions feel at work, with only 14% thinking they can talk about them. The charity wants tough reforms to the social media and advertising linked by critics to body image problems.

"New codes of practice should include an expectation that social media companies must take practical steps to ensure that the content they promote does not exacerbate body image concerns", Ms Cameron said.

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 message will mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week and Radio Audio Week.

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"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". Chief executive Mark Rowland said the research showed millions of adults were struggling with concerns about their body image.

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

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". If they only show one body size then this becomes a social norm, which is risky. "We know the importance of engaging and identifying the signs of someone in need of support and how critical this can be". "There needs to be more awareness that mental illness is not something anybody chooses, it isn't something that they should be looked down on or criticized for".

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Earlier this week, the Mental Health Foundation released a report that revealed one in eight United Kingdom adults have experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings due to concerns about their body image.

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.

The "Close To Me" singer went on to say how many people were surprised when she was so open about her mental health, however now, she's glad it's no longer as much of a "taboo" and it makes her happy.

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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.

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