**This post is about eating disorders, trigger warning just in case!**
Before I start this post I would just like to say 2 things: firstly, I do not personally suffer from Anorexia, although I have had some eating “issues” in the past. Secondly, this post is in no way meant to offend or upset anyone with anorexia/bulimia/EDs in general.
While browsing the internet the other day, I came across a blog. I have been reading a lot of blogs recently, and this one was about anorexia. As a psychology student, and generally inquisitive being, I had a read of this blog… I was completely horrified.
This blog was “Pro-Ana” and the things that the writer had written were horrific. She had written things such as “If you’re a true Ana starving yourself won’t be a problem” and even a 5 week diet plan which eventually dropped down to 500 calories a day, and throwing everything up. There was also “70 reasons to starve yourself.”
Don’t get me wrong, I understand that these issues genuinely affect many people, however this blog was NOT genuine. This blog even stated this terrible quote:
“Anorexia is a lifestyle, not a disease.”
I was astounded. The writer appeared to want to be anorexic, rather than actually suffering from anorexia. It really upset me reading this blog, especially comments which included things like “I am too fat to be anorexic” and “Please help me become thinner.” The writer advised readers “to cut if they eat anything”, and I felt that the writer was making a mockery and a joke out of the serious issues of anorexia, bulimia and self harm.
People with eating disorders have “faulty thinking” (as a cognitive psychologist would say) and they think they have to be thin in order to be “worthy” and beautiful. Eating disorders are a killer, and seeing people idolise “Ana” or “Mia” is very upsetting to me, especially because I have seen first hand how easy it is to slip into starving yourself.
Websites like this surely exacerbate eating disorders. Sufferers do need support, but this is not the sort of thing they should be reading. What do you think? I don’t know whether I have interpreted this blog the wrong way, but to me it feels wrong for anyone to encourage people to become ill.
(Just to make it 100% clear, I am not in any way suggesting that anorexia is not real or that it does not deserve attention, rather I am shocked/upset by the “pro-ana” campaigns, and the way people who do not suffer from an eating disorder are encouraging people (including those who have genuine EDs) to starve/purge etc.)