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anorexia nervosa:

I was reading through my latest teen people magazine when I noticed an article on anorexia. Being someone who used to think she was fat and would throw out her lunch everyday, I naturally was a little curious as to what they had to say.

What I found out shocked me. There are many websites out there that are made just to encourage anorexic's to keep on starving themselves. These websites have tips on how to make sure your parents and friends don't become too worried about you. Like, wear a pair of stretch pants under your jeans so your legs look fatter. And they have tips on how to exercise and lists of "good" and "bad" food. It was actually sickening to read.

So instead of eating a healthy diet and exercising withing reason, these girls starve themselves close to death and exercise constantly. They have such a warped image in their head as to what is beautiful and what is ugly that they just don't know when enough is enough.

The creators and followers of these "Pro-Ana" (proactive, volitional anorexia) sites, as they are called (or simply, Ana), consider anorexia to be a lifestyle, not an illness. They have mantras like, "A good anorexic doesn't die"and insist that they do not have an eating disorder. One site even suggested you "Experiance the bliss of eating disorders."

So many girls feel that they have to live up to a certain look that is portrayed by the media but really, I don't think the media is doing anything horribly wrong! They make fun of Calista Flockhart for being so thin and mock the model image. Magazine's are constantly putting out articles that are promoting girls of all shapes and sizes. This is merely an excuse is what my view is.

Please, don't get mad at me for saying this. These are just my opinions. If you have some thoughts on this subject, please, email me or go on our message boards.

Pro-Ana Sites:

Ana's Underground Grotto

Fat Like Me

The Mirror Never Lies