Expert links Selfies with a rise in Anorexia Nervosa
A leading psychiatrist has warned that selfie culture is a factor in the rise in the number of young women developing eating disorders.
Dr Alex Yellowlees, a consultant psychiatrist at the UK's Priory Group, said that regular selfies are tool in which some sufferers document their weight and partake in unhealthy online communities promoting the disorder.
The expert believes that selfies are a means in which sufferers keep a competitive and unhealthy diary of their eating disorder.
"Some people will take repeated pictures at various stages if their illness and send them to others," she said.
"They want to keep a record of their illness and see for themselves as it were, the progress they think they are making towards anorexia. But they also transmit the images to other sufferers on occasion."
It is estimated that more than 200,000 people suffer from eating disorders in Ireland 92pc of them women.
The psychiatrist warned that pro-anorexia and pro bulimia websites that encourage starvation are still operation and pose a serious risk to those struggling with mental illness.
"The sites are definitely still active. They may not be as prevalent but they are still an active form of communication."