Hopkins researchers examine sites glorifying eating disorders

By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun

Juli Babbitt, a 26-year-old recovering anorexic living in Columbia, often found herself visiting a website featuring pictures of rail-thin models with protruding rib bones, and providing purging techniques, at the height of her eating disorder.

“I remember visiting [the website] numerous times as a way to keep my head focused on staying thin,” she said. “It wasn’t until during my treatment that I realized how damaging these websites are. The promotion of anorexia as a lifestyle choice instead of a mental disorder is incredibly dangerous to individuals who suffer from eating disorders.”

Such sites feature images of rail-thin celebrities, such as the Olsen twins and Lindsay Lohan, tips on how to conceal eating disorders from parents and tricks to lose weight in unhealthy ways. Some sites also feature song lyrics and poetry glorifying eating disorders.

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