“Pro” ana? Sociability and support in eating disorder online communities

This article was first published on Discover Society, November 2014. Last June, a group of Italian MPs proposed jail terms and fines for authors of so-called “pro-ana” (anorexia) and “pro-mia” (bulimia) websites. These are self-styled online communities on eating disorders which are viewed as promoting extreme dieting and unhealthy eating practices. France and the UnitedContinue reading ““Pro” ana? Sociability and support in eating disorder online communities”

The power of dataviz (150 years ago)

Science, like the rest of human life, is subject to fashions. Data visualisation is the latest trend: policy-makers and the public are all under its charm, and researchers magically suspend their disbelief — give me a fancy image, and I won’t look too closely at your p-values. So I was intrigued by the discovery, atContinue reading “The power of dataviz (150 years ago)”