Not many people are aware of the fact that Pro-ana sites are circulating on the internet and on Facebook. Pro-ana sites which appear on Facebook or other types of social media are meant to be secretive. Because of this theme’s social inappropriateness and clandestine nature, it is hard to locate pro-ana information. Pro-ana is a shortened version of the term, “pro-anorexia.” Pro-anorexia advocates run sites which promote eating disorders and anorexic-type behavior. Eating disorders are destructive and ruin lives, so it is bizarre that there are those who want to keep the practice of disordered eating alive.
Topics which are discussed on Pro-ana sites on Facebook revolve are the “size-0” culture. Members of these sites share ideas on how to restrict food intake, how to lose weight, and how to stay thin. Even more appalling is the fact that these ideas are meant to be kept on the “down low.” Advocates of Pro-ana sites discuss ways to continue destructive behavior while keeping said destruction hidden from loved ones.
Websites like Facebook enables a secondary dynamic by enabling networking that is close. The girls who see these pages are now able to trade info and even exchange phone numbers to talk their problems above. The creators of the groups maintain so anorexic girls can support one another, they were created. A few of these websites are by focusing on recovering from anorexia legit. Yet the issue is the more girls get exposed to these pro anorexia websites, the more they will likely get a eating disorder.
Pro-ana sites are disturbing, to say the least. Unfortunately, if this eating disorder advocacy culture continues, many people will live in secretive sickness. These people will not only continue to remain ill, but they will spread their sickness to others. Eating disorders tend to be competitive in nature. Individuals with anorexia-nervosa, for example, tend to compete with other individuals with anorexia.
Making comparisons between oneself and other individuals with eating disorders tend to cause the disease to further spiral out of control. One may feel that they are not as “skinny” as another person, may eat too much compared to another person, or may not be as “disordered” as another person. These thoughts are obviously misconstrued by the mind of the ill individual, and ana sites only further the misconstruction of these image-related thoughts.
There are many people who suffer from eating disorders. Most of these people struggle on a daily basis. Food and obsessive thoughts revolving around weight keep them from feeling normal. A majority of these people with their disorder would love for it to go away. It is a silent killer and a serious Western epidemic. Luckily, once a disordered person recognizes they have a sickness, there are ways to get help. Not everyone who has an eating disorder wants to stay sick.
The big problem with Pro-ana sites on Facebook is that those who offer advice and tips are slowly killing the members following the site. Those who are lost may turn to anorexia advocates, who instead of offering positive help and support, offer ways to slowly destroy the body. Ana sites can only be described as internet locations where people are advocating the torture and murder of others.
Pro-ana sites are not the only eating disorder sites currently operating on social media. Pro-mia revolves around the advocacy of behaviors relating to bulimia. It makes sense that eating disorder advocates are on the web. Their openness towards the disease is another symptom of the disordered thinking that takes place in the mind of an ill individual. If you or a loved one is suffering from an eating disorder, please know that these sites will only cause bodily harm. Please contact the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) or a local therapist to get help.
Some people are not aware that there is a movement in this country to support those who choose the Anorexic & Bulimic lifestyles. This is called the Pro-Ana movement. While at first this seems a bit odd, as Anorexia is believed to be a mental illness that claims many lives each year and, therefore, is considered a health risk.
However, there are many who reject this viewpoint and declare that it is a lifestyle choice instead and that people who practice the Anorexic/Bulimic lifestyle have made it a choice, to stay as slim as possible in a world filled with obesity and glut.
This article does not condemn this lifestyle and only provides the facts in the form of an FAQ. Then you can be better informed on this controversial topic and decide for yourself about the merits or fallacies of this type of lifestyle & whether you wish to take it up for yourself or help someone who wishes to return to what is considered by the majority of Americans as a normal lifestyle.
What is Eating Disorder?
The textbook definition defines eating disorders as any condition related to eating that fosters a negative eating habit(s) that adversely affect a person physically or mentally.
Anorexia Nervosa/Bulimia Nervous (Binge Eating) is both classed as an eating disorder and as such is often treated as a mental illness. This has, in fact, been in the news as some have been forcibly put into recovery programs or have had medical interventions performed on their behalf without their consent by family members.
This is due to the fact that anything defined currently defined by medical science as a mental disorder empowers the medical Establishment or the government to take unilateral action in what they deem the person’s best interests. Even if it runs counter to their personal desires.
This could even result in the confinement of a person to a psychiatric facility for an unspecified time until the medical establishment decides that they are cured.
Many believe the root cause of both conditions is a result of poor self-esteem and poor body image.
However, the Mayo Clinic breaks it down even further into three areas.
Genetics: A person may be born with the condition as part of their genetic makeup as show that a family that eating disorders in one member of a family will more than likely have other members who exhibit the same problems as well.
Psychological/Emotional Health: Here is where they lump the two items mentioned at the beginning of this section and ad on Perfectionism, Impulse control problems, and poor relationships.
Societal pressures: This is a recent addition, as it is now believed that the media and peer pressure is a causal factor in the development of these conditions and with the rise of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and WeChat (In Asia) This problem is only getting exacerbated. Witness the bullying and public humiliation that has resulted in the suicides of various individuals in the last year or so. The doctors at institutions like The Mayo Clinic believe there are links to Eating disorders as well as many young people want to fit in, conform to the mores of the trendsetters in their social circles, and peer groups.
This also tends to bleed over into later life as well and uncounted women are secretly following either a form of the Anorexic life or Binge Eating. These clinics believe these conditions go largely untreated and unreported due to the secretive nature of these practices as they are outside the norms of accepted societal standards.
Types of Eating Disorders?
Along with the two primary ones, we have mentioned so far, there are some other Eating Disorders you should be made aware of:
Binge Eating used to be associated with Bulimia Nervosa. However now it has been broken out as its own separate disorder.
Anorexia Athletica is the condition whereby exercise and sport are used to burn off the excess calories that the Binge eater inadvertently gains. It is characterized by a compulsive urge to exercise and great anxiety if felt if a schedule exercise or sporting session is missed or skipped.
Over Exercise is where you work out until you drop. Literally, it means exercising until you are forced to stop due to exhaustion setting in.
Overeating, in general, this is a cause of concern even though it is a general category it still affects millions of Americans as noted by the epidemic of obesity and the rise of Type II diabetes in the young.
Night Eating, which again is related to Overeating, but it get a classification all of its own as it affects many in today’s society.
Orthodox Nervosa is seen as a compulsive disorder as you will only eat certain types of meals based on a certain belief system. These individuals obese about the planning, acquiring, and preparing meals to often-incomprehensible standards and their lives revile around this lifestyle to the exclusion of all other kinds of foods.
Finally, we come to EDEOS. (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) This is the catchall phrase for any Eating Disorder that cannot be fitted into the above list of categories. They may also suffer from Peer Pressure or any of the other mental conditions that trigger Overeating, but they may exhibit signs of all or a few of the ones listed. Which leads therapists to conclude this is a symptom of some other undiagnosed mental condition.
Eating Disorder Symptoms
There are many Symptoms to Eating disorders and they are too numerous to list in a short fact is this one. However, by taking the “Eat-26” self-test you can decide for yourself if you fit into any of the Aviv mentioned categories. It is a self-administered examination, which is a refinement over the many other Eating Diagnostic screen questionnaires that have been developed over the years some of which had hundreds of questions neat need answering before a doctor would venture forth with a diagnosis.
Girls in their teens and Young women in their late teens to their mid-30’s are most susceptible to Eating Disorders. The young as they want to be in the “in-crowd” and this can spill over into later life.
Peer pressure at work or school and via media bombardment is often responsible for the later onset of the problem. Victoria’s Secret has come under fire for their pressure on women in society to conform to the “Angel” image, which is touted as the ideal beauty standard. Unfortunately, only a minuscule portion of the population is genetically gifted to meet the criteria and a backlash movement is underway as full figured women models are becoming more popular with the masses.
Also recently, Victoria’s Secret was caught airbrushing and cropping their models and in one instance, the entire buttock was removed on one unlucky model. This shows the standards that are being set are unrealistic even for the “fashion elite.”
Diagnosis of Eating Disorders?
Only a trained physician is capable of making the determination of an Eating Disorder and even the “EAT-26” is only to be used in conjunction with a doctor’s final opinion to be sure and to map a course of treatment if desired or warranted.
Do not attempt to treat yourself. Seek competitor help if you suspect you are suffering from an Eating Disorder.
Risk Factors for Eating Disorders?
Here it is easy the worst-case scenario is that you will kill yourself through starvation. Liver damage and failure of other organs and stroke are also a possibility. Your electrolytes can get out of balance and cause cardiac arrest.
However, at the other extreme you can also overeat and cause stroke, Heart Attack, Kidney failure, and Respiratory impairment.
You can by practicing Bulimia and regurgitation scar, your Larynx and esophageal passageway for life as the acid from the stomach burns its way through the soft tissues. This may also lead to cancer of the throat as well.
This does not take into account the mental anguish of your family and friends watching you waste away or burst your clothing as well as your own frustration and pain of not being able to fit into a society’s unrealistic expectations of your personal appearance.
Of course, you can also use your favorite search engine to locate and Eating Disorder Center closer to where you are living and using the search string [CITY] Eating Disorder should give you a plethora of choices to choose from.
Treatment for Eating Disorders?
There are many programs that can be enacted on your or someone you love behalf. This can range from direct intervention to outpatient treatment to admittance to a Psychiatric facility.
As of this time, there are no good Pharmacological approaches to Eating Disorder. However, new drugs are on the horizon that may be of benefit. You need to dicks these options with a physician before undertaking and drug treatment program and become familiar with the effects and side effects that may preclude you chosen this approach.
Some Eating Disorder Recovery Meal Plans
Changing your diet may help you curb your Eating Disorder tendencies and here are some places you can find them:
However, some consider an Anorexic lifestyle as a Norm. The majority of our society does not. So, let you conscious be your guide if you choose to follow it.
However you are now armed with the information you need to help you leave that lifestyle if you choose or you are trying to help someone who wishes to change from the world of Eating Disorder to that of what is consider by most to be the proper way to dealing with food.