Friday 30th March 2012
Researchers will question how young people use pro-anorexia websites as part of a six month project.
The study by University Campus Suffolk (UCS) will also endeavour to improve the knowledge and understanding of young people's experiences of such sites and communities.
The research has been funded by the Nominet Trust and commissioned in association with the eating disorder charity Beat and Childnet International.
Dr Emma Bond, a senior lecturer in the School of Applied Social Sciences at UCS, will lead the research. She said: "There are increasing concerns over the number and availability of pro-anorexia sites on the internet yet little is known about why people use them, what they use them for and whether or not they are contributing to either the anorexic condition or the phenomenon."