THE worried father of an anorexic girl has backed calls for the fashion industry to sack super skinny models.

The Runcorn parent, who does not wish to be identified, was shocked when he logged on to the family computer and discovered his daughter had been looking at sites promoting anorexia.

She is now receiving counselling and has started to eat normally but he fears other girls could be tempted to starve themselves in a bid to look like their favourite models.

Beat - the former Eating Disorders Association - carried out a survey which revealed that girls as young as seven are battling anorexia.

And many are influenced by the images of so-called 'size-zero' models and celebrities.

Now the fashion industry is under pressure to ban size zero - equivalent to a UK dress size of four - from the catwalks.

But the worried father says the move could be too late for many girls.

He said: 'My daughter is getting better but many others are influenced to starve themselves by the stick thin models they see on television and in magazines.

'We must promote images of normal sized women to these girls or else we could lose a generation of teenagers to eating disorders.'

His daughter was visiting 'pro-ana' websites which encourage girls to starve themselves to achieve size zero.