Psychiatrists call for ban on ‘glamorising’ of eating disorders

February 23rd, 2010 - 5:13 pm ICT by ANI  

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London, February 23 (ANI):
Psychiatrists are urging a ban be put on the “damaging portrayal” of
eating disorders in advertisements and various other publications.

The Royal College of
Psychiatrists’ (RCPsych) Eating Disorders Section is raising its voice against
the promotion of unhealthy and airbrushed images of underweight models in
magazines and on television.

Experts fear the
“harmful” effects these images can have on children by “glamorising”
eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia.

“Eating disorders are
serious mental illnesses. Although biological and genetic factors play an
important role in the development of these disorders, psychological and social
factors are also significant,” The Telegraph quoted Dr Adrienne Key,
consultant psychiatrist at the RCPsych, as saying.

“There is a growing
body of research that shows the media plays a part in the development of eating
disorder symptoms - particularly in adolescents and young people,” Dr Key
added.

Susan Ringwood, chief
executive of beat, the eating disorders charity, also pointed out: “The
media is a powerful influence and we know how vulnerable some people at risk of
eating disorders can be to its visual images in particular.” (ANI)

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