Docs Demand Crackdown on Pro-Anorexia Websites
Websites offer 'thinspiration' to anorexic, bulimic teens
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2009 1:51 AM CDT
Two young women walk past an anti-anorexia ad in Milan, Italy.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

(Newser) – Doctors are calling for urgent action to combat the growing number of websites promoting eating disorders as a lifestyle choice, the Independent reports. The sites encourage young women to become anorexic and bulimic, doctors warn, offering tips on how to deal with the pain of extreme hunger during starvation and how to conceal excessive weight loss from families and doctors. Extremely thin models are pictured as "thinspiration."

Britain's Royal College of Psychiatrists says that one in 10 adolescent girls look at such websites repeatedly. "This is not a rare problem; it affects a significant number of schoolchildren," warned the head of the college's eating disorders unit. "Studies have shown that girls who looked at these sites have low self-esteem, feel bad about their bodies and are miserable." The RCP urged the government to mark such sites as harmful and step up education efforts .

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Oct 13, 2009 4:32 AM CDT
Mmmmmm lean meat is tasty and healthy for you. I know that these thin beings can transform themselves with the help of Joe Weider.
Sep 18, 2009 7:07 AM CDT
the article mentioned that patients in the eating disorder clinics "...spend up to 20 hours a week looking at [the websites]." i would hope that they are not spending time on the pro-ana websites while they are IN the clinic for treatment.
Sep 18, 2009 5:25 AM CDT
my mother once spent a month in a clinic next in bed to a girl who suffered with anorexia and described her as totally unreasonable and stubborn, refusing food and the evidence that she wasn't 'fat',rather she was dying, with equal obstinacy. yes, the anorexic were driven insane by a wicked fashion and social pressure to me.