Teens and Eating Disorders
Call to get tough on eating disorder sites
The number of 'pro-ana' websites has soared
The Royal College of Psychiatrists(RC Psych) is calling for urgent action toprotect vulnerable young people from eating-disorder websites.
It says the number ofwebsitespromotingeating disordershas soared with the growth of social networking.
The RC Psychwants the government’sChild Internet Safety Council (UKCCIS)to mark such sites as harmful and raise awareness among parents and teachers.
It has called onUKCCIS, which was established a year ago, to expand its definition ofharmful web contentto include what it callspro-ana anorexia)andpro-mia (bulimia) websites.
Professor Ulrike Schmidt, chair of theRC Psych’s eating disorders section, said: ‘Pro-anaandpro-mia websitesadvocateanorexia nervosaorbulimia ervosaas a lifestyle choice, rather than as seriousmental disorders.
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