Pro-anorexia on social networking sites

August 22, 2007

A lot of the debates about pro-AnaMia online died down a little after 2001. We talk about them a lot in our book. Last week, the British newspaper The Telegraph captures what is happening today, as a wresult of new blogging platforms. Their analysis raises more questions than it answers and frames the issues in quite a narrow manner, but it’s good that it’s on the agenda again….

Pro-anorexia rife on social networking sites (The Telegraph)

“Eating disorder charities have called on social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook to restrict online groups that promote anorexia as a “lifestyle choice”.

Pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia sites feature photographs of emaciated women and encourage victims to become dangerously thin.

The groups are appearing on MySpace and Facebook as well as YouTube, a popular video sharing site”


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