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Kik, a popular instant chat service among children and teenagers, has been scrutinised by health and cyber safety experts for the harmful impact it can have on minors struggling kik captures eating disorders and body image issues. The app, which is used by more than million people worldwide, has come under fire in the past over safety issues and claims it enables child grooming and exploitation. The West Australian found at least 76 public pro-anorexia and bulimia groups after ing up on Kik. Some groups require users to have had an eating disorder for at least six months, to weigh in daily, to fast weekly, and to eat less than calories in a day, while others punish users who fail to meet their eating goals by demanding naked pictures of the shamed user.

Send proof to an admin. From tothe of 14 to year-olds admitted to WA hospitals for eating disorders rose by almost patients, with children and teens diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders last year alone.

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National manager of prevention services at the Butterfly Foundation, Danni Rowlands, said groups that held conversations around punishment and rewards in relation to food, and that encouraged children to track their weight, steps and fitness, could result in unhealthy relationships with food and exercise and trigger eating disorders.

Any active promotion or encouragement of engaging in related behaviours can be very harmful and further fuel comparisons rather than encourage help seeking. The most alarming names of some of the pro anorexia groups discovered by The West Australian include anorexicforlife, skinnygirlssell, starveandstrict and thinningsouls.

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Mr Litherland said a lot of young users were using their real names on the app, and that he was regularly getting parents contacting him after a predator approached their. It was a standard conversation at first, and then it turned rude and sexual. Perth parent Hayley Shirwood is one of the luckier ones.

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Her year-old daughter was using Kik for about six months when the mother found out her child had been receiving naked photos from strangers. The key message to parents and children using Kik or similar platforms is to never send photos of yourself and to never meet someone in real life that you met on the internet.

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The West Australian. Click to open. Camera Icon Kik, a popular instant chat service, has been scrutinised by health experts for the harmful impact it can have on minors struggling with eating disorders and body image issues. Sarah Steger PerthNow. April 15, AM. Us Get our newsletter. Chevron Down Icon Submit a story tip. Camera Icon Send us your pictures. Chevron Down Icon Back to top.

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