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Join me Oct. 2nd, 2006 @ 12:18 am
Since there was some interest (and I am hoping for much more) I have created pro_ana_bites . Please join me and let others know. Time to get the word out!! Thanks.

Hello there...... Oct. 1st, 2006 @ 06:05 pm
I am sorry to see that this community has died. Does anybody have any interest in trying to bring it back to life? I think it would be a very good thing!!

Jan. 22nd, 2006 @ 07:50 pm
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If this isn't allowed, I will delete it.

healthy beauty Sep. 3rd, 2005 @ 06:53 am
I know that the more I see curvy women, the more I believe in healthy beauty. It's the positive side of humans being such visual creatures. So I made some icons of healthy curvy women, feel free to take and use! I think every little bit helps.

1. 2. 15. 16.

( 16 more curvygirl icons! )

hi, nice to meet you, heres my rant :-P Jun. 22nd, 2005 @ 10:32 pm
i am glad ive found a community like this, it seems like a good place to vent what i feel i need to. and if this offends certain people who know me, then so be it. you have your free speech and i have mine.

ive watched several of my friends battle with eating disorders through high school/college/whatever, and it feels like things have gotten really extreme with a very close friend lately and its getting out of hand. besides worrying about her night and day, (i know, i know, shes an adult and has the right to make her own choices about how she lives her life) it makes me sick to see her bones poking out everywhere, and knowing that whats going on inside is probably just as bad, if not worse (physically and emotionally). but the thing that frustrates me the most is people in person and over the internet who glorify spending every waking moment obsessing over themselves.

imagine what could be accomplished if this energy were put to a good use.

oh and i love how they give eating disorders cute little names, "ana" and "mia".

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» New Here


 I joined this community because as a recovering anorectic I have strong feelings toward websites and communities that praise and encourage anorexia and bulimia. It would only be hypocritical for me to say that I never have visited them, as I have been to countless throughout my over six years of struggle. However, I never wanted to inflict harm on any others but myself. I went there to look for confirmation that I was the awful person I thoguht I was, the fat person I tried to force myself to beleive etc... However, I am discuisted by the fact that I chose to indulge in such awful sites... and even to this day have slip ups as there are so many out there it is almost hard to avoid. I try very hard to stay away from the websites but I think that the honly thing that will prevent young girls and guys from finding these websites is to hopefully ban them. I am not sure how we can, but I want to offer a hand in any way possible! Nice to meet all of you! If anyone would like to be added to my journal just ask me.. because it is friends only :) Thank you!

» journalist questions
My name is Louise and I am a journalist in the UK. I am researching a piece on online anorexia and bulimia communities. There is no judgemental agenda to this, I am just after personal stories and experiences.
If anyone would like to answer the following questions, I would be really grateful. I will not ask your name, but age and nationality would be useful if that’s OK, also whether you are anorexic or bulimic or in recovery or a parent etc
My email address is LF@louisefoster.freeserve.co.uk
Any help is very welcome
Many thanks

1. What was your first port of call for information about anorexia or bulimia?
2. What sort of information/advice were/are you looking for?
3. Did you find it?
4. What is the useful thing you have learned about anorexia/bulimia online?
5. If you are anorexic/bulimic, have you ever experienced abuse about it online? What form did it take and what effect did it have on you?
6. A restaurant for anorexics has recently opened in Berlin, Germany. What do you think of this? Would you go to such a restaurant?
7. Is society guilty of double standards by aspiring to thinness yet treating anorexia as a disease? What does this make you feel?
8. Do you see fasting, posting stats and losing weight as competitive?
9. What is your proudest achievement?
10. What does pro anorexia mean to you?
11. If you are anorexic/bulimic, what was the turning point at which you became so and what triggered that?
12. What would it mean to you if pro anorexia sites and communities were taken off the internet forever? How do you feel about bodies that are trying to make this happen?
13. What does recovery mean to you?
14. I am particularly interested in contacting anorexics/bulimics who live in the Middle East, especially the Emirates to discuss via email any pressures specific to your lives and cultures. If you live in the Middle East and are willing to answer some further email questions, please let me know!
» Hi new here
I first became aware of this serious problem over the summer when I stumbled across a pro-ana lj.
I was horrified when I reading it, and just feel completely bad for those that suffer from this.

I'm going to be presenting this to my sociology class, we are allowed to bring out articles and the sort
and basically I want the class to be aware of this serious problem. Although admittedly I am very worried about the reactions given that the current generation in my class may have towards this, because of course it's no secret how people especially teens today feel that if your have a little meat on the arms then you are fat no questions asked, even if the person may indeed have a healthy body.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to present such a thing, let me know.
Also I welcome personal opinions, and if I have the lj manager's permission, perhaps I could print out and show the class the opinions stated here as to the feelings toward this problem.

something that was kind of scary is that even my teacher is unaware of this, but he is looking forward to learning more about this. so any help, any website reccomendations, are appreciated greatly.

thanks so much and it's great to be here. :)
» (No Subject)
400 days! Today marks 400 days that I have not thrown up, taken laxatives, or fasted. 400 days ago I accidently overdosed on sleeping pills and laxatives and wound up in the hospital. I never thought that I could make it to this point, but here I am. Basically, I made the decision to get better. This does not mean that I do not struggle, it's just that the struggles are so much less and so much farther in between!

I look back at the past 22 years of my life, and cannot remember a time where I have ever been so at peace with myself. I still do not have a healthy attitude toward food, but the rational part of my brain is slowly taking over the eating disorder part. I don't understand the draw toward Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia sites. Even when I was sick, I did not want to admit to it. As with many other people, my eating disorder was a goal of perfection, so if I admitted I had a problem then I was far from perfect. There is so much help out there for those who need it. I'm sure many of you think that as soon as you step foot into a counselors office, you are never allowed to throw up again or you must eat 3 full meals every single day. TRUST ME, this is not the case, and if you find a therapist that tells you that... GET A NEW ONE!!! And eating disorder is a lifelong process but it CAN be overcome. My first therapist gave me my control back. I was quickly losing all the control that I had worked so hard to gain. My head was spinning out of control, I had no trust in anybody (including myself), I was beginning to get C's and D's rather than my normal A's and B's. She told me that eating is my choice, and it is my choice to throw up or take laxatives. It is also my choice to get off the treadmill.

I don't mean to preach or sound like I am amazing - I just want people to know that there are so many other choices then websites. I am a counselor at a psychiatric hospital, and I understand so much from that and from my own experiences. There is hope out there, but it's not going to be found in a chat room. If you really want to meet people who understand, join a REAL support group. Check out www.medainc.org It is the Massachusetts Eating Disorders Website and they have REAL groups with REAL counselors, almost all of whom are recovered from their own battle. Please, there are people out there who support you and will let you make your own decisions, they just happen to be trained in the field... not just groups of people on the internet.
» (No Subject)
I joined this community after stumbling across a few pro-ana communities on LiveJournal.

The first pro-ana site I ever saw was a couple of years back. A picture of an emaciated teen, probably aged 15-17, was on the front page. The page glorified her exposed ribs, hipbones, and pointy elbows...and several other places on her body that were exposed. To me she looked...unhealthy.

I joined the community mainly because I'm tired of pop culture encouraging my sisters (that includes all my females around the world, especially the young ones) to starve themselves into serious problems because thin - dangerously thin -- is glorified as "beautiful." I will admit, I am fairly slender (although by no stretch of the imagination have I ever been close to anorexia), and I have never had a problem with my weight. Most people would say I just don't understand. But I read the communities and continue to read the community and websites, and I am not disgusted but saddened. Saddened that such intelligent young women could be brainwashed by airbrushed models and streamlined photos to believe that a BMI of 13 is NORMAL.

I do believe in the freedom of speech, however, I also think that harmful speech is problematic. I'm not against the sites that provide support for anorexics and bulimics. I think those definitely need to be in place. But sites that glorify the disorder and promote it as a positive, healthy way of life do need to be extremely regulated, even forced against. And no, I'm not pro-choice when it comes to eating disorders. I'm pro-life. No one should want to choose to have a life-threatening disorder.

I've always loved people and have always, always really cared about them (even ones I don't know!). So I'm not trying to rob anyone of their self-esteem or life or anything...

Might be an idea if we all just post a few bits about why we're here.

P.S. - I'll submit to the 'zine if you give me an idea of what articles you'd like. I was a contributor to my high school yearbook and I'm a freelance writer and editor.
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