Franca Sozzani Blames Facebook and Pro-Anorexia Websites for the Rise of Eating Disorders

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Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani, who has blogged on her blog about how bothersome bloggers are, blogged recently about how bothersome Facebook is. She cites a study from the University of Haifa that surveyed 248 girls ages 12 to 19 and found that the more time young women spend in front of Facebook, the more likely they are to develop negative body images and eating disorders. Sozzani uses this information to defend the fashion industry as an instigator of eating disorders:

Models, as I have underlined before, are in most cases naturally long, lean and slender being still very young and still not fully developed. The image they convey, however, is often that of an excessive thinness, but designers themselves discard those who are visibly suffering from nutritional problems. This is a topic that has been often discussed with false prejudice against fashion when nobody was left to blame.

Anorexia. Is Facebook to be Blamed? [Vogue.It]