'The number of vile eating disorder images bombarding young children on Instagram is spiralling out of control, the UK’s leading psychiatrists said yesterday.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists issued the warning as research revealed that the Facebook-owned site is awash with vast troves of pictures encouraging young people to starve themselves.
It comes only weeks after the web giant was forced to remove content promoting self-harm following uproar over the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell.
The leading medical body piled pressure on the company yesterday by calling for it to start donating a share of its profits to research links between social media use and mental health.
Dr Jon Goldin, vice-chairman of the college’s child and adolescent faculty, called for a duty of care to be imposed on internet companies to protect children. ‘The number of posts is very worrying and large and it is becoming out of control,’ he said. ‘There is so much and social media companies are not paying any attention.’
Analysis has shown that children as young as 13 are being bombarded with advice about how to hide anorexia and bulimia from their families, or dispose of food without anyone noticing. Vast amounts of posts can be found on the site promoting fad diets, alongside images that glamorise dangerous body sizes.'
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