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Pro-Ana Websites: A New Anorexic Cult

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We should not recommend, promote, or support this kind of self-destructive behavior.

We should not recommend, promote, or support this kind of self-destructive behavior.

A Dangerous Trend

First, I apologise for the explicitness of the photo in this article, but I really want people to see the seriousness of the impact Pro-ana websites are having on young people. If you do not want to be disturbed, please close this page now.

What Are Pro-Ana Websites?

Pro Ana websites promote anorexia nervosa. They urge children/teenagers to celebrate anorexia as a lifestyle rather than as a disorder. They are growing fast. A lot of petitions for them to be banned or closed down are now being made. I definitely think that the government should intervene. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has urged action to tackle these Pro-ana websites' dangerous philosophy.

What Is Anorexia?

Anorexia is an eating disorder. It is also a psychological disorder. Its effects go beyond the effects of out-of-control dieting. The individual continues the endless cycle of dieting/losing weight until they are near starvation. They do this in order to feel a sense of control over the body.

What Is “Thinspiration?”

I searched for one of these websites and it was shocking. This website gave all the motivation you could ever need to look thin. They backed up their philosophy with hundreds of diets (food diets, different types of fasting, medicines to buy online to be thin, and lots of photos of thin people which they called “thinspiration”). I have not posted the link here, in case this article is read by teens who are searching for such websites.

Anorexia causes a weakened immune system, weakened muscles, digestive problems, and neurological problems and enjoys the highest fatality rate of any psychiatric disorder.

Anorexia causes a weakened immune system, weakened muscles, digestive problems, and neurological problems and enjoys the highest fatality rate of any psychiatric disorder.

How Anorexia Kills

It affects both boys and girls. Anorexia kills people. In fact, this disease enjoys the highest fatality rate of any psychiatric disorder. Anorexia causes a weakened immune system, weakened muscles, digestive problems, neurological problems, etc. Because the disorder throws off the correct functioning of so many of the body's systems, it can kill you in myriad ways.

How to Spot Anorexia

Unlike many other psychological disorders, anorexia is fairly easy to spot. If you notice a friend or family member who appears dangerously skinny, you should not hesitate to speak up. Though it may seem rude, this disorder is truly dangerous and should not be overlooked.

Signs of anorexia include:

  • They have experienced rapid, drastic weight loss in a short period of time.
  • The person only likes to eat low-fat food or food with low calories. They tend to have an obsession with calories and are always counting their calorie intake. They might even keep a food diary.
  • They play with their food or hide it. They avoid eating and sometimes excuse themselves from eating. They also tend to throw up after eating. If the person lives with family, they might hide their food under the pretense that they are going to eat in their bedroom.
  • They always criticize their body when standing in front of a mirror. They are never thin enough and refuse to believe they have problems with their body weight.
  • They may use diet pills or laxatives.
  • They partake in too much grueling or punishing exercise.
  • They read a lot about weight loss. They visit websites that promote unhealthy ways to lose weight.
  • They often feel cold, dizzy, and have headaches.
  • They have low self-esteem. It’s a pity that in the West, being slim is considered beautiful and youngsters want to look like thin celebrities.

P.S. You have to be very observant, as they are good at hiding symptoms. One example is a person who throws up in the toilet after a meal. They could leave the tap running in the bathroom, so you don’t hear them while they stick their fingers in their throat and throw up. Remain vigilant and don't be afraid to have the conversation, if necessary. People struggling with anorexia need help and support.

Why Do I Call It a Cult?

What really sent shivers through me was the prayer below (which is why I put cult in my title). Some of the skeletal girls, who belong to the Pro-ana cult, go so far as to bow before a mysterious leader known as "the goddess of emaciation." Please read and notice how youngsters are being lured into this group.

This letter seems like a death prayer to me:

Dear Ana,

I offer you my soul, my heart and my bodily functions. I give you all my earthly possessions.

I seek your wisdom, your faith and your featherweight. I pledge to obtain the ability to float, to lower my weight to the single digits, I pledge to stare into space, to fear food, and to see obese images in the mirror. I will worship you and pledge to be a faithful servant until death does us part.

If I cheat on you and procreate with Ronald McDonald, Dave Thomas, the colonel or that cute little dog. I will kneel over my toilet and thrust my fingers deep in my throat and pray for your forgiveness.

Please, Ana, don't give up on me. I'm so weak, I know, but only you with your strength inside me will I become a woman worthy of love and respect. I'm begging for you not to give up, I'm pleading with my shallow breaths and my pale skin. I bleed for you, suffer leg pains, headaches and fainting spells.

Today, I renew our friendship and resolve to be faithful to you year long, lifelong. I begin each year with a 3 day fast in honor of you. If you give me the strength to fade away I will love you and worship you forever.

Love Always, Amanda. (insert your own name in place of mine)

Sure sounds like a cult, doesn't it? Don't let your friends or family get lured into this dangerous group. We should not recommend, promote, or support this kind of self-destructive behavior.

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Comments

skinnydoll on July 17, 2018:

we just want to be skinny girls! and bones are more important than anything

ana4life on October 03, 2016:

It is a lifestyle!

Ana is My everything

she helpes me everytime

anorexia is NOT a diseas!

guest on July 27, 2014:

This doesn't just happen to teenage girls. I know of a man in his late 30's who works in a professional role in the health industry with a family and he is well-respected. Yet he is delusional and he runs a pro anorexia website, pretending to be a 15 year old girl. He says there are 'ana police' and they make people fat so they can make anorexics feel bad. The ana police R invisible. He makes fun of fat people and he wants more anorexics to be accepted and he loves them. He binges on peanut butter and bananas. I want to raise awareness that these types of people exist and they are v. scary.

treeona on April 28, 2014:

i don't think the reason why people become anarexic because they have very low self a steam and they look in the mirror and they see a fat person and other people could see that, that person is not really fat. people that are anarexic, they are not choosing to be fat or skinny, they are choosing between life and death...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tj on February 01, 2014:

Shocking.

PrincessDaisy on December 30, 2013:

Not all pro-ana websites are like the one you found. In fact, the vast majority of them do not promote eating disorders as a lifestyle. Users on these sites know their disease is a mental disorder, and they do all they can to discourage anyone who just wants to lose weight fast from this. Eating disorders are not a way to live; they are a miserable disease, and by far aren't desirable- this is what most people on these sites believe. Oh, and I think I know what website you got that letter from, and it's one of those anorexia-is-a-good-thing ones....

ap-test on November 08, 2013:

just checking to see if comments need to be approved

Elena (author) from London, UK on October 30, 2013:

Thanks Stephanie.

Best Wishes.

Stephanie Constantino from Fountain, CO on October 20, 2013:

I have to say, I was really moved by this. I work with preteen and teenaged girls, so the fight against eating disorders is something I see quite a bit. It breaks my heart to think that girls actually believe that their entire worth is dependent on the number on their scale. Thank you so much for helping to spread awareness of the dangers of this kind of disease. You are awesome...

Elena (author) from London, UK on June 29, 2013:

Thanks Michele - No need to apologise about not reading the comments. I think there are over 100. :-)

It's sad about the increase Anorexia - as you noted in the 60s, it wasn't rampant. I appreciate you stopping by and thanks for your kind comments. xx

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on June 25, 2013:

This is a very good hub. People actually die from this, and it is effecting girls earlier and earlier. I was born in 1964 and we had never even heard of this. We were just supposed to be healthy.

Lady E this is a very professional hub. I am sorry, I did not read all the comments, but if you help even one person then you have done even more then you could imagine.

God bless you.

Michele

Elena (author) from London, UK on May 21, 2013:

Thanks Random. :-)

random[a..z]y on May 19, 2013:

I am glad that I discovered this blog, just the right information that I was looking for!

Beth100 from Canada on August 04, 2012:

Anorexia nervosa is deadly and without the right form of intervention, the path is one way. I was a size double 00 in my late teens and early twenties. I lived off one scant box of raisins a day (you know, the ones that you hand out at Halloween? The Sunmaid tiny boxes) and that made me feel sick to the stomach. One box lasted me 20 hours. Some days, I skipped eating - it was too filling. At the time, I didn`t understand that I was killing myself. A self inflicted method of suicide. Enough said about me.

Everyday continues to be a reminder of how important it is to eat, live and be healthy.

Watching a love one wither away to become draping skin on bones is difficult and torturous. It is a thought that doesn't enter one's mind when one is consumed with being thin. If an afflicted person could understand this, how their self infliction is hurting their loved ones, it will tweak something in them to survive and fight this.

More public awareness and understanding is needed. More importantly, educating pre-teens on nutrition, healthy lifestyles, healthy self image, building self-esteem and confidence are the best weapons against anorexia. Being proactive will produce better results.

Thank you Lady E for bringing attention to this in a fashion that commands attention without causing panic and fear. I am also relieved that you did not post the link -- your foresight is impeccable.

Ana-Kate Regzig on July 28, 2012:

you want to government to get involved but what about our first amendment rights? We as US citizens have freedom of speech, religion, opinion, and press. We can voice our opinions and there will be nothing the government can legally do about it.

Elena (author) from London, UK on July 08, 2012:

@Teaches12345 Hello, It's sad that it is increasing, however on a Positive there is a lot of FREE help out there - IF only they will find it and be willing to have the help.

I appreciate you stopping by.

Dianna Mendez on July 06, 2012:

It amazes me that people think they look good this thin. I have heard the number of teens with this disorder is rapidly increasing. It doesn't help that the media presents thin as being beautiful. I applaud your hub and voted it way up. I hope people that need to hear this advice will find it helpful and inspiring.

Madeleine Salin from Finland on July 06, 2012:

There's a very good association for people with Anorexia and Bulimia in our town. It has helped many young girls. In my teens I knew more people with eating disorders. It's like an epidemic of Anorexia and Bulimia among teens around where I live ... Thank you!

Elena (author) from London, UK on July 06, 2012:

Hi Made - So True that it's a slow way to suicide. I hope those you know, that are still struggling are able to recover.

I appreciate you stopping by. Best Wishes. Elena

Madeleine Salin from Finland on July 06, 2012:

This is a great hub that can be an eye opener to many people. It's sad that these sites exist. It's sad that so many people have this disease. I know about many people who have been suffering from Anorexia. Some have recovered, but they still struggle with having a normal relationship to food. I have read books about people with Anorexia. Their whole family and people around them are also affected. Having Anorexia is a slow way to suicide if you don't get help and want to be helped. Great work even if the pictures made me sick.

Elena (author) from London, UK on June 19, 2012:

Thanks for sharing, Fiona.

I hope you will find a nice way to enlighten her. I hope the opportunity presents itself. I am a Teacher too and will not just watch such a kid without calling them aside in a caring way and having a chat with them that will help them realise the truth of what they are doing. They are kids...

Best Wishes and thanks again.

fiona on June 18, 2012:

hi! I am a ballet teacher who has had to deaal with kids (not just girls) with eating disorders. There is a young ballerina, no names, but her blog indicates that she is very pro anorexia. It is such a pity that she is becoming a role model for young dancers. Dancers who eat healthily and work hard never have weight issues, but she is promoting the awful 70's starved ballerina look that caused so many deaths. There are a few u tube videos called the beautiful tragedy that have a lot to say about this.

Dennis on May 25, 2012:

The numbers on the scale tells you if you are winning or not.

The Thin Commandments

If you are not thin you are not attractive.

Being thin is more important than being healthy.

You must take laxatives, starve yourself, do anything to make yourself look thinner.

Thou shall not eat without feeling guilty.

Thou shall not eat fattening foods without punishing oneself afterwards.

Thou shall count calories and restrict intake accordingly.

What the scale says is the most important thing

Losing weight is good/ Gaining weight is bad

You can never be too thin.

" Being thin and not eating are true signs of will power and success.

Cristi on March 27, 2012:

great

anon on February 03, 2012:

The internet is freedom. Don't you see that if they shut down sites that promote unhealthy things like disorders and mental illnesses they would have to shut down a lot of other things, if not everything. Everyone has a right to have their say and it's so much easier online with your identity hidden.

Elena (author) from London, UK on January 26, 2012:

@Millionaire - It's true some have the wrong idea but when you are young, it's easy to be gullible. Thankfully there is more help/info out there for them Thanks for stopping.

@DJ - I'm glad you are fine now.

Keep healthy, Keep Happy.

Best Wishes.

DJ on January 26, 2012:

it is the world we live in, i have been an over weight, yo-yo dieter all my life..i have felt envy for the skinny and good looking. But i thank god, i have never become so desperate to reach this level... however..i still at 47yrs of age thrive to just once feel sexy and slim...

Shasta Matova from USA on January 24, 2012:

I can't imagine there are websites that promote having a disease. Hopefully they areg oing over the top to convince people to stop as a form of reverse psychology. These pictures are disturbing - these girls have the wrong idea about beauty.

Elena (author) from London, UK on January 16, 2012:

@ubanichijioke

Thanks for your support.

"Amen" to your prayer.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on January 16, 2012:

Quite pathetic, disturbing and disturbing. I pray that many be made to understand the dangers of anorexia. God help us

To sara on December 15, 2011:

Sara perfect is not a skelton this is gross u can exercise and eat right if u want a relationship one day and ur a skelton it wont work out

Eat on December 15, 2011:

Sweety there anerexic not thin there is a difference im 125 and im thin insulted thin people comparing them to anerexics

Elena (author) from London, UK on December 01, 2011:

Break it down, Bubba....

bubba on November 30, 2011:

Pro Ana is not the same as Pro Anorexia. Pro Anorexia is what you have described.

Elena (author) from London, UK on November 08, 2011:

Thanks Hello.

Hello on November 07, 2011:

Fyi, 1 in ten anorexics is a male, and anorexia isn't simply a wish for thinness but a disease who's focus is upon control via restriction.

AnaFreedom on November 05, 2011:

Sorry, I meant trying to change us into who we DO NOT want to be.

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 08, 2011:

That's True AgesMGMT, such a pity but I hope they find the path to recovery. Thanks for stopping.

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 03, 2011:

** Thanks Thinspiration.

** Hi Sweetie - Very wise words. I hope people will take your advice. Thanks. :)

thinspiration on July 26, 2011:

you don't have to be anorexic to be thin! you have to be healthy and thin that is the real way not to die beeing thin! you should keep that in mind

Elena (author) from London, UK on June 09, 2011:

Sarah

I don't believe in the words "once anorexic, always anorexic". You have a choice in life to snap out of it.

Anyway, take care. ((Big Hug)).

Elena (author) from London, UK on March 22, 2011:

** Thanks for your comments, Vocal Coach.

Best Wishes.

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 15, 2011:

Wow! What an eye-opener this is. I had no idea. You have done a good job. So sad! rated up. Thank you.

Elena (author) from London, UK on February 24, 2011:

@Hinazille

Thanks for your comments. Some curves wouldnt' hurt.

Elena (author) from London, UK on February 15, 2011:

** The friend - Aaah... Well, I'm glad you stopped by. Take care of U and your Sis.

Best Wishes.

The friend on February 14, 2011:

We aren't the same person... She was my step sister.

Elena (author) from London, UK on February 14, 2011:

** Justanotherteen - Thanks for the Support. :)

** The Friend - My Crystal ball tells me "The Friend" and "Ana" are the same person. It's Valentine's Day today. Happy Valentines Day - Take Care of U. xx

justanotherteen on February 12, 2011:

Such an important issue and I think it's really great you're writing about it because it's improtant that people elarn more about it and how serious it really is

Jamie on February 10, 2011:

Annas whole point was you allow negative comments about Ana but not your article I believe

Elena (author) from London, UK on February 10, 2011:

** Jamie - As far as my eyes can see, Anna's comments are on this article. Infact, quite a few.... :)

Elena (author) from London, UK on February 09, 2011:

@Ana Thanks again for stopping. Wishing you complete recovery.

@Saleh Nice of you to stop by. Best Wishes.

@Ana'sRedDragonfly Thanks. I appreciate you sharing your views.

@Cameryn - I don't understand it either but its lovely to have you stop by.

Cameryn on February 07, 2011:

I do not understand what would draw these girls to such satanic acts. It is horrible, the way scociety has gone...so sad...Great hub!!

Ana'sRedDragonfly on January 27, 2011:

There are different types of Pro Ana websites though.

The evil ones that offer tips & encouragement, & the good one's that offer support, & a no-judgemenatl environment. These actually promote recovery, they just don't bash on girls with eating disorders. This subject needs to be viewed on a wider, more broad outlook.

Saleh on January 12, 2011:

Everyone has a right to have a community that accepts them.

Ana on January 07, 2011:

Obviously you do not care if you are indeed telling me to stay away from this hub. I have Anorexia Nervosa!! I have this disorder that you depict as so evil. I am not having a go at you, I am actually giving FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE! I am not a fan of you deleting my comments because they might cause someone to realize that girls like me need help. I obviously know you have challenges, but I have those that you write about. I have visited the link. Many times. And I still hate my body, hate my fat, hate everything about myself. I am ugly and fat, even though I am underweight. My world is spinning out of control and your twitter account (sooo impersonal) does not help. I am glad it has helped some girl, but I represent the hundreds of thousands of girls who you can't help, and opposing our only source of community who does not think we are insane is destructive. I hope you post this, but doubt you will. All I can say is I try so hard to get better. I do not try to oppose you. Ana has ruined relationships, my self esteem, and a lot more. Now its all I have. And having my voice heard is one of the things that keeps me alive.

Whatever peace is, whatever peace can be, I hope you have it....so as you say...

peace

Elena (author) from London, UK on January 07, 2011:

** Ana, you have bombarded me with many negative comments. Some I had to delete. Read my response to starved above.

I don't have the energy to keep up with you. I actually have my own challenges in life but still make time to help anorexics - visit the link above and think twice before having another go at me again.

Peace...

Starved on January 02, 2011:

Caro was great, she is fuel when Ana needs fuel, and recovery when Ana needs recovery. This hub is very well written. I commend you upon this. Though I do caution you in some misleadings. The way you depict girls who are involved in pro Ana websites and anorexia is highly negative and slightly satanic and crazy. These girls are just in need of help for their Psychological disorder. While horrible, some comments are better left unsaid.

Peace and love

Starved

Elena (author) from London, UK on January 02, 2011:

** Pro - May she RiP. She was only 28 when she died Nov 2010.

** tn.a - thanks for your comments. I will see if I can replace some of the photos.

Happy New Year.

pro on December 30, 2010:

RIP Isabelle Caro

Elena (author) from London, UK on December 27, 2010:

Ana - It's your life, It's your Call!

Happy Holidays.

Elena (author) from London, UK on December 19, 2010:

Hi Arthur

Thanks for your comments and for sharing more insight into Pro Ana. Best Wishes.

arthurchappell from Manchester, England on December 16, 2010:

powerful feature - and a very important one. The pro-An websites you refer to certainly seem to have a cult like draw - I recognize that from having been in a cult myself (not an anorexia related one). Many, though by no means all cults do have food related rules, most obviously in demanding vegetarianism, or long periods of fasting. Food and sleep control and deprivation are powerful brainwashing tools. Cults tend to make members feel bad about themselves to gain power over them, so accusing members of being overweight can force members into abstaining from food - a cult that has to feed members less has less overheads or food bils to pay so makes more money, etc. The pro-An groups seem have spotted a niche - anorexia sufferers who want a voice that encourages and supports their weight loss strategies rather than the many voices around them encouraging them to eat more and get medical attention, etc. The prayer reads like a dark satire, giving the more sympathetic readers a contempt for burger bars and people who encourage junk food consumption - it gives the anorexic/bulemic a revulsion of bigger and overweight folk round them - it says 'don't get to be like them', so the desire to starve down gets fuelled further. If pro-an culture moves from being an internet resource to selling newsletters, tee-shirts, and organzing public meetings, then we all have cause to worry. A charismatic leader of such a group could be a terrifyingly powerful and dangerous guru. I'll be looking more closely at the pro-an cult(ure) myself now - thanks for drawing it within my own radar here.

Elena (author) from London, UK on December 03, 2010:

Wow Katie - You look so young to have 2 Teens. What's the secret? :)

Thanks for sharing your comments.

Best Wishes.

Katie McMurray from Ohio on December 02, 2010:

Thank you so much, I have a twelve and 14 year old daughter and they are both very aware of their weight. Blessings and thanks again for the awareness. Peace :)

Elena (author) from London, UK on November 23, 2010:

Thanks Anaya - you are right about it stemming from emotional problems and unhappiness. The more I read about it, the more I discover the same thing too. One lady I read about last month, said she liked the attention she got when she was sick - that was worrying.

Regarding your Hub - I would suggest you leave it there. People tend to read things from different angles. I'm sure there are those who will find it useful. I've had the odd 2 or 3 people read mine upside down and have had a go at me but I've just ignored them.

I hope to visit your profile later on today.

Have a great day.

Elena

Anaya M. Baker from North Carolina on November 21, 2010:

I'd heard of the pro-ana sites before, but never actually saw one. I quite honestly don't think I could stomach it.

That "prayer" you shared was unbelievable! I kept thinking there was no way that could be for real, it sounded like some really sick parody. So scary.

I understand why you said that you don't want to write too much on this. It's really hard to find a line between sharing information that will hopefully help people, and possibly promoting the stuff that we are speaking out against. Negative publicity is still publicity. I ran into this with a hub I wrote on my own experience with an eating disorder in high school. My aim in writing the hub was to try to share the fact that an eating disorder is usually the result of emotional problems, unhappiness, etc. That its not really about just weight, but really deep-seated negative feelings of shame, depression, or bad self esteem. I actually got a comment afterwards by a teenager that said she had "tried and failed" anorexia, and that she enjoyed reading my story. This scared the CRAP out of me, the last thing I wanted was to be an "inspiration" to wannabe anorexics. I thought about taking the hub down, but didn't. Still not sure.

Anyways, I really like the way you approach this difficult issue. Thanks for sharing. This is a subject I know a lot about, but your hub really opened my eyes to some new stuff. Thanks:)

Elena (author) from London, UK on October 11, 2010:

I hope so too wjames. Thanks for stopping.

wjames on October 09, 2010:

This is not pretty. I hope a lot of young girls wake up and take notice.

Elena (author) from London, UK on October 09, 2010:

Thanks for your support 2besure. Regards.

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 08, 2010:

The photos are necessary to show the magnitude of the horrible exploitation of these sick people.

Elena (author) from London, UK on October 03, 2010:

Thanks for your comments FirstStepsFitness - It is true that Karen Carpenter died of Anorexia but there was an underlying problem I think she had with her mum. I don't think she felt loved by her mum. You might find the movie interesting. The Carpenters. (This is why it's termed as a Mental Disorder. Her anorexia was a cry out for attention)

Glad you stopped by.

FirstStepsFitness on October 01, 2010:

Both conditions are very complicated . The road traveled back to health is complicated as well . Great Hub ! We all hope this sheds some light on a very closeted illness . I am not sure if anyone remembers the Carpenter singing duet they were bother and sister I believe . The sister died from the complications of this illness .

Elena (author) from London, UK on September 27, 2010:

** Thanks for Stopping College girls. I appreciate it. :)

** Hello Dawn, I'm glad you shared those comments. I wasn't aware that it also damaged organs. I hope this gives any readers affected by Anorexia, motivation to start eating well. Thanks so much.

Dawn Michael from THOUSAND OAKS on September 25, 2010:

Hi Lady E, those pictures are just so awful and what these children not only put themselves through but the people around them. Eating disorders are just so prevelent these days with the media promoting this type of image, it's truly distubing. These teenage girls that do this can have a lasting affect on their bodies damaging vital organs and postponing menstration.

College Girls on September 13, 2010:

I'm glad there are hubs like these that really shine a light on this. So sad.

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 27, 2010:

Thanks so much Mecredes - I Twitter this a lot. It would be a good idea to put in on Facebook. Glad you made this suggestion. I haven't used it because I get a lot of responses on Twitter.

So glad you stopped by. Regards. :)

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 27, 2010:

Lol C-Dan - thanks for sticking up for me there. That's so sweet.

Also, thanks for sharing your comments. I personally have never had problems with Anorexia but I notice it's affecting and killing lots of young people - Male, Female but mostly young ladies.

I must check out your link. May I also thank you for all your recent visits to my articles. You're a ray of Sunshine. :)

mercedes on August 26, 2010:

that was sick...but im glad u did it..u should think about putting it on facebook it whould defintally get to alot of people...cause now a days alot of teens never really search the web anymore

C-Dan on August 25, 2010:

Cut it Rayraych... In no way are you helping out, so at least let others who are be.

God, I knew about anorexia, but nothing about ana & pro-ana,

this is awful...

To all anorexics -

We function the way we do, coz it the way life has sustained & evolved, if your ma was anorexic, u wouldn't be here...

Deviation should only be limited to artistic expression & innovation which in no way would won't harm existence...

Take care folks

______________________________________

Thanks for the post lady_E

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 24, 2010:

Hello Rayraych,

Hello again; In response to your last paragraph: I want people to support Anorexics but to be against The Websites that Promote Anorexia. If I didn't want to help/Support Anorexics - I wouldn't set up a Twitter Account and tweet useful info which will guide them to recovery.

Rayraych - I actually teach and work with Teens so it's only natural I like to support them. Thanks for stopping but I will not be approving anymore criticising comments.

Enjoy your day and be a channel of blessing to people.

Rayraych on August 23, 2010:

I underdtznd what you're trying to get at, but the thing is anorexia is a disease, so of course it kills. People with anorexia don't ask for it just like some people don't ask for cancer. It's a disease and it effects your brain in ways that you don't really seem to know.

I did read all of your article and i apreciate that you set up an account for support, but it seems like you're trying to get people to be against anorexics because of what this disease is doing to them.

Rayraych on August 22, 2010:

I don't think this is that "sad and miserable" considering that these people that are pro-ana are actually anorexics. I have personal expirence with all of this pro-ana and anorexia itself and alot of people are unaware of how it works inside someones head. No matter if you shut down the web sites or not they'll still find a way to come back up. I don't think that some people that don't have expirence or alot of knowledge on anorexia should be judging pro-ana.

For some anorexics it's a way of coping and trying to find the support they need so badly. So please stop trying to make it sound like it's destroying people, because it's really an outcry, not something that just needs pity.

Try to help out these people ibsteqd of critizing.

ladyt11 on August 21, 2010:

This was an eye opener, especially the anorexic prayer. This brought me to tears seeing these tortured young men and women. It almost seems as if there is some type of demonic persuasion involved. This is the kind of arcticle that the media needs to see as well as the fashion industry. I commend you for sharing this hub!

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 20, 2010:

Cheers Steena. :)

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 17, 2010:

Me too Fucsia,

Thank so much for stopping.

fucsia on August 16, 2010:

I already knew the pro-ana websites, but i had never read this chilling letter. I have no words, just sadness for those young women. Thanks for sharing.

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 15, 2010:

Exactly pili

That's what I think too.

Mucho gratias

pili on August 14, 2010:

whithout food can thin, but now you have another problem... your skeleton are fat, sou what next??... girls think seriusly , use your brain. / sin comer logran adelgazar sus cuerpos, pero ahora tienen otro problema... el esqueleto les queda gordo. chicasp piensen seriamente cual es la unica solucion para adelgazar el esqueleto. usen el cerebro /

Elena (author) from London, UK on August 11, 2010:

Thanks for sharing those comments ahostagesituation. I hope they have both recovered now.

Best Wishes, Elena.

The Lion Queen on August 10, 2010:

I've known two anorexics personally and both of them disguised the problem by calling the changes they were making healthy. They portrayed themselves as health-crazed, but they were anorexics, and eventually hospitalized. Family and friends have to keep their radar up on this one. Sometimes even when an anorexic start talking about "getting healthy" it's about finding a way to hide in plain sight.

patdmania from waterford, mi on July 23, 2010:

Gross!

Elena (author) from London, UK on July 14, 2010:

N/a - there are lots of lovely innocent girls in this life that hardly know their left from their right and part of this Hub is to give them useful knowledge that will help them make positive decisions.

As for you - all I can say is: "It's your Call".

Thanks for stopping and Best Wishes.

Elena. :)

n/a on July 13, 2010:

i am sorry but i don't realize what the big deal is i am not trying to cause a anything this is your all site just like pro ana sites are mine, but i am pro ana and i don't agree w/ underage children doing it but like me i am over 18 and being Anorexic is a part of my life i don't view it as a disorder, its about of my life style...and yes i can be deadly but so it drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes but no one is trying to ban them there is more people deing of lung cancer and those who over drink, and those drinking while driving than there is death of being anorexic.

Speaking of which every time there is a car crash a car is involved so does that mean to ban cars as well....This is a free country we have a right to view what ever we want when ever we want.

You don't understand the way it feels to have lost weight every time you get on the scale i love the feeling, not eating only makes me stronger.

I am not saying the it is the right thing to do but i am pro ana and i love being able to final look at myself in the mirror.

Sorry to those of you who disagree!

(In no way to tell people to become pro ana that just me, you can't tell someone to be gay so you can't tell someone to be pro ana)

Elena (author) from London, UK on July 06, 2010:

True Mentalist Acer - It musy have an effect on the mind-set. Sadly, this website is still on the internet but I haven't included the link for obvious reasons.

Thanks for stopping.

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on July 05, 2010:

As poet,I found the Ana Poem to be disturbing and know the deep influence this type of creativity can have on an psycologicaly impaired personna in an fallowed impressionistic manner...

Elena (author) from London, UK on July 03, 2010:

** Thanks so much Lilly for your support.

Best Wishes.

** Hi Brandy, thanks for stopping. I hope you will now be able to support any people in such position. Regards.

brandyBachmann on July 02, 2010:

oh my, the prayer does seem to be some kind of a cult. and the images of the ladies, geez they're all skin and bones.

lilly_dens on July 02, 2010:

good thing you brought this up here in hubpages so that many hubbers would stumble on it and pass it to their families and friends. I agree with you Lady_E that we should all be observant for family members or friends which might likely be a candidate for any of those eating disorders. do not condemn them, instead help them to overcome this great ordeal they have to undergo.

I like your hub :)

Elena (author) from London, UK on June 15, 2010:

Hi Kaltopsyd - I agree the prayer is disturbing. Some sites have been shut down but I still have my eyes on one (where this "prayer" came from). It's still on the web and it has lots of info encouraging people to be anorexic. If I have time, I will dig deeper and find ways to alert "the powers that be". Anorexia is ruining lives.

Thanks so much for stopping. Regards. :)

kaltopsyd from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA on June 14, 2010:

I heard about these pro anorexic sites on Law & Order but I was still trying to deny that they existed. That prayer to "Ana" is really disturbing. I understand why you call it a cult. Thanks for educating me.