Contra – ana

Starve the pro – anorexia websites

Contra – ana Campaign Group

For the attention of xxxxxx







Date: xxx April 2011

To the House of Commons.

The petition of the Contra – ana Campaign Group. A group that campaigns against the easy accessibility of anorexia stimulating websites, the so-called pro-anorexia websites. Eating disorders, including anorexia, are responsible for more loss of life than any other type of psychological illness, according to the Disordered Eating Association. Research from the NHS found that the highest rates of anorexia are seen in female teenagers aged between 13 and 19. Furthermore, a study from The Royal College of Psychiatrists pointed out that 30% of anorexia patients are long-term ill, and 60% of the patients never fully recover from it. Thus anorexia imposes a serious threat with severe consequences for the children of the United Kingdom, and they are stimulated through pro – anorexia websites. A survey held in 2006 by the Stanford Medical School proves this. They found that 35.5% of eating disorder patients had visited pro – anorexia websites, and 96.0% of them had learned new weight loss or purging methods from such sites.

The Contra –ana Campaign Group declares that, in order to protect the most substantial group of individuals becoming anorexic, the adolescents, an attempt must be made to stop the vast growth of this eating disorder by warning people before entering an anorexia stimulating website, and stating that the webpage should not be accessed by under aged people. A 2006 Maastricht University study proves the effectiveness of such a measure. During the investigation visitors of pro –anorexia blogs were presented with a click–through warning, containing a disparaging message and links to pro-recovery sites. 33.6% then refrained from entering the webpage.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons implements a law forcing the Britain’s webhosts to install a warning, alarming people that are about to enter a pro-anorexia webpage about the dangerous content of the website, advising under aged visitors to refrain from entering the pro-anorexia webpage, and showing a link to an official pro-recovery website.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

AnoukBeijleveldMDX 11:03, April 24, 2011 (UTC)

xxxxxx member of

The Contra-ana Campaign Group

AnoukBeijleveldMDX 11:03, April 24, 2011 (UTC)