An alarmingly large number of social media accounts are celebrating extreme thinness by uploading pictures of skeletal women, a new study has found.

Research conducted by the University of Exeter has revealed that hundreds of young women are using Instagram and Twitter to praise anorexic bodies in “bonespiration” feeds.

The accounts feature selfies taken by girls who want to show off their emaciated bodies by highlighting their protruding hip bones, spines and collar bones.

Researchers conducted content analysis on 734 images posted under indicative hashtags (”thinspiration”, “bonespiration” and “fitspiration”) on Twitter, Instagram and We Heart It.

They found that there is a staggering amount of damaging content online, with thousands of accounts dedicated to glorifying bodies plagued by eating disorders.

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