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Get tough on eating sites

18th September 2009

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RC Psych) wants urgent action to protect vulnerable young people from eating-disorder websites.

With the growth of social networking sites, the number of websites promoting eating disorders has risen significantly and the RC Psych is now calling on the government's Child Internet Safety Council (UKCCIS) to mark such sites as harmful and raise awareness among parents and teachers. The eating disorder charity, Beat, welcomed the RC Psych's position on pro-anorexia websites but warned that banning the sites would not deal with the root causes of the condition.

 

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