THE number of Instagram posts that glamorise eating disorders is “spiralling out of control”, psychiatrists have warned.
Kids are swapping graphic content that promotes anorexia and bulimia on the social media network.
The BBC found images of emaciated young women and instructions on how to keep extreme dieting hidden from parents.
Dr Jon Goldin, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, warned that posts could influence vulnerable children looking for peer groups online.
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“It’s deeply worrying and to some extent the situation is spiralling out of control,” he added.
“Young people with eating disorders are quite vulnerable, they are often socially isolated, they don’t have friends and they are looking for a peer group.”
Instagram says it does not allow material that promotes eating disorders and removes it when it is reported.