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Navigating the digital sea of beauty: Empowering Canadians through media literacy for positive body image and public health

The surge in online media consumption has heightened pressure on individuals to conform to beauty standards, often harming body image and mental health. This article argues media literacy is a critical tool to navigate this, helping people recognise authentic representations and resist harmful ideals. They suggest a multi-pronged approach, including integrating media literacy into education, implementing guidelines for health reporting, fostering body positivity in media, and encouraging government policies to support media literacy initiatives.

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