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Surfing for Thinness
Research on Pro-Eating Disorder Websites


Dina L. G. Borzekowski

Dina L. G. Borzekowski, Ed.D., Ed.M., M.A.
Associate Professor, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Rebecka Peebles, MD
Assistant Professor, The Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine


In this presentation, Dr. Borzekowski discusses research conducted on the content of Pro-Eating Disorder Websites and the messages to which users may be exposed, including:

·         Common themes such as success, control, and perfection

·         Features associated with perceived harm

Dr. Peebles’ presentation looks at adolescent use of the web to access health information and what they can expect to find there, including:

·         Impact and prevalence of Pro-Eating Disorder websites

·         Profile of users of Pro-Eating Disorder websites and pro-recovery sites

·         Ethical and regulatory issues




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