Anorexia: we need to fight it online

Eating disorders among teenage girls are rising, yet nothing is being done to ban 'thinspiration' websites, says Emma Woolf.

A quick internet search, a few clicks, and the screen flashes up an image of a young woman, tall, fully made-up - and frighteningly emaciated. Around me I hear a sharp intake of breath. I was filming a recent episode of the documentary Supersize vs Superskinny, in which we asked a group of parents to look at "thinspiration" websites - so-called because they are dedicated to encouraging young women with eating disorders to maintain their life-threatening illnesses.