Rachael Johnston
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Airbrush campaign by former anorexic

A 20-year-old recovering anorexic has launched an online campaign for a ban on the airbrushing of photos to make models and celebrities look thinner than they are.

Rachael Johnston is hoping to collect 100,000 signatures for her petition calling for a ban, or failing that, putting health warnings alongside airbrushed photos.

Ms Johnston became anorexic at 13, and at one point was given just 48 hours to live after her weight plummeted to just 4.5 stone.

In a debate with columnist Carole Malone on BBC Breakfast, she said that her illness was not helped by an obsession with the thin images of her favourite celebrities in the media.

  • 01 May 2012