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We’re deluged with images of ‘beauty’. No wonder so many of us feel so bad | Dawn Foster

Adverts constantly bombard us on social media, undermining our self-confidence. We know the cost – this can’t continue
‘One in five people said social media images had made them worry about their body image.’ Photograph: Alamy

In the early 2000s, the internet was a key component of my teenage life: many evenings we annoyed my friends’ parents by hogging the phone line and spending hours talking to schoolmates on MSN Messenger. But during the day, we didn’t use the internet: we had clunky phones that could only call and text. So I wasn’t bombarded 24/7 with images of purportedly perfect-looking women. Few

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