Ana's gone surfing

Patrick Davies and Zara Lipsey look at the disturbing rise of pro-anorexia websites.
ALTHOUGH often a positive communication and information tool, the internet has its sinister side. Publicity involving internet chatrooms and paedophiles has highlighted some of the risks involved, but there are many other disturbing viewpoints and lifestyles promoted. One concern is the increasing proliferation of pro-anorexia or ‘Ana’ websites, written almost exclusively by girls who are suffering from anorexia. But could such sites actually serve as an unlikely source of understanding of the condition for parents and professionals alike?

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