Anorexia :: Charity’s anorexia websites warning

Eating Disorders Association’s Steve Bloomfield warna about internet websites which he believes are leading vulnerable people into anorexia and bulimia. He claimed that the so-called “pro-ana” sites are “literally killing people”.

Mr Bloomfield said that young people could stumble across the sites on the internet and be led into seeing their disorder as a lifestyle choice, rather than a potentially fatal illness. Pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia Web sites present themselves as support networks and deny that they are encouraging people to remain thin, but they also offer tips for becoming thinner alongside glamorous images of slim celebrities and models.

In medicine, anorexia is the symptom of diminished appetite or appetite loss. The eating disorder anorexia nervosa is commonly referred to simply as “anorexia” in lay terminology. The sufferer has an accute fear of gaining weight and strives to lose weight, often at all costs. This involves a minimal amount of eating and often goes hand-in-hand with bulimia.

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