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Calls for Amazon to ban 'anorexia hoodie'

From BBC - October 3, 2017

Amazon has been described as "irresponsible" for selling a hoodie that describes anorexia as "like bulimia, except with self control".

One woman living with anorexia said it could "damage" the mental health of those with the conditions.

Anorexia expert Dr Susie Orbach told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme the online retailer should "remove it immediately".

Amazon said the hoodie was not sold on its UK website.

It has previously been criticised for stocking T-shirts which say: "Keep calm and rape a lot".

'Extremely damaging'

Beth Grant, who has lived with anorexia for 13 years, said selling the product was "absolutely disgraceful".

"It could be extremely damaging to anyone suffering with either bulimia or anorexia," she told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme.

"I think it could damage their mental health even further and cause them to potentially harm their life."

Dr Susie Orbach, a psychotherapist and expert on anorexia, described the hoodie as "a way to make people feel really awful" when they were "already anguished enough".

"This is terribly irresponsible on Amazon's part," she said.

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