I actually spoke to my sister Annie the other day and she asked what Pro Ana was. I didn’t see the point in bullshitting some PG answer so I told her my take of it all. I said ‘basically people who encourage anorexia, and extreme dieting. They think anorexia is a lifestyle.’ Kind of wish I’d filmed her face, but it was a mix of disbelief and disgust. She genuinely didn’t understand why. Having seen what I’d lost to anorexia, and what people close to me lost, why anybody would encourage that. The topic of pro Ana is a topic that I often avoid, because it triggers me, but I also know that it is a sensitive issue. Do people with these pages struggle, or are they deluded? Is it a sickness in itself? I’ve never fully understood what causes people to attack and motivate others to starve themselves.
So Pro-Ana refers to the active promoting of behaviors related to anorexia nervosa. There are forums, messengers, chats and more where you can find slogans and ‘rules’ that can quickly take over your life. It is the most toxic place, that you can find yourself obsessing over.
Whether they are sick or struggling, it doesn’t excuse encouraging such dangerous behaviour. Whatever the mentality, surely nobody can say such awful things with a healthy mindset? Or are there just people who genuinely see anorexia as a lifestyle? Nothing more than an extreme diet.
Whats your view? Let me know,