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 Post subject: Eating Disorder Support on the Web
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:49 pm 
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While this is good advice for all loved ones of someone with an eating disorder, be aware that apparently the majority of people frequenting pro-ED sites are looking for non-judgmental support and understanding, so we are all well-advised to be aware not only of what sites someone is accessing, but to have a suite of positive alternatives available where non-judgmental support and understanding can be offered in a staunchly pro-recovery environment.

And FYI, while WeBiteBack is not trigger-free - I don't know any recovery forum that can offer you that - the mod team is very active in managing posts to reduce triggering opportunities, and no discussion of how to lose weight or purge is tolerated. Again, I don't know a recovery forum that does permit that kind of discussion. That said, however, do check forums out yourself before suggesting them to vulnerable people, and make sure you are aware of age-appropriateness of different forums.

Eating Disorder Support on the Web

Parents beware! According to researchers who surveyed the Internet viewing habits of 76 patients diagnosed with , there are Internet Web sites that promote and as acceptable and even desirable life styles. Adolescents ages 13-to-19 are the most likely to visit these sites and half of them are looking for ways to lose weight. Many of these sites include images of thin women to inspire their visitors and include weight loss advice, strategies to avoid detection by family members, and links to other sites.Recent articles in and described the results of the study which collected anonymous data and reported that 41% of the patients visited pro-recovery sites, 35.5% visited pro-eating disorder sites, 25% visited both, and 48.7% visited neither. While visiting pro-eating disorder sites, 96% reported learning new weight loss or purging techniques, as did 46.4% of pro-recovery site visitors. There were also 106 parents surveyed and 52.8% reported awareness of the pro-eating disorder sites but an equal number did not know whether their child visited these sites, and only 27.6% had discussed them with her child. Most (62.5%) parents however, did not know about pro-recovery sites. The researchers reported that most parents did not limit time spent or restrict access to certain sites on the Internet, reflecting a lack of awareness on the part of parents.


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