Eating disorders affect 1.6million people in the UK, and websites promoting anorexia and bulimia (‘Pro-Ana’ and ‘Pro-Mia’) are thought to be key factors behind this statistic.
Evidence found in a study published in European Eating Disorders Review supports this. A group of young, healthy female students with no history of eating disorders were exposed to 1.5 hours of pro-anorexia sites, and in the following week they decreased their calorie intake. Some participants even admitted to using techniques and tips they viewed on the sites to lose weight.
Discovering that your child has searched for eating disorders online, and/or has visited a pro-anorexia website can be worrying, but you shouldn’t immediately suspect the worst. Parents in this situation should however be extra mindful of their child’s online activity, being careful to monitor the sites they visit and stay aware of their eating habits to ensure nothing worrying develops.
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