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Posted: October 26, 2009 in Pro-ana Websites

Pro-ana and mia websites

How many times have I been there!  Sitting in front of the computer, hoping no-one is near, typing these two little…and fatal, word into ‘s Google…  It will do no harm!  It’s only for support.  I want to be around people who understand me better.  I need inspiration to go on, not to quit!  Not to be weak!  Was it worth it though…?

As an ex-pro-ana web addict I must look back at my ED and wonder what caused it, what triggered certain behavior, what made it worse and what made it better.  Although Pro-ana sites claim to only be for the support of people suffering with eating disorders, I must urge you to read on and beware that this is indeed not the case, and that these sites can trigger and worsen your ED.

Hoping in Vain – Although some pro-ana sites give some information on the dangers of eating disorders, the data is to encourage readers to learn new ways to engage in poor eating patterns in an attempt to avoid such dangers.  The mixed messages on these sites make recovery very hard.  Anxiety often fuels eating disorders, and the raw information readers see on these sites can serve to soothe that anxiety (especially when it matches information they see on legitimate sites). Worse, tips on how to lose drastic amounts of weight or how to hide purging make these behaviors seem okay. This calms anxiety even further, giving the reader a double shot of comfort.

When the eating disorder behaviors deepen and the resulting pain arrives, the need for stress relief rises again. The negative web site “worked” before, so the reader goes back to get another dose. It is a dangerous spiral.

Sites that promote disordered eating promise community and comfort, but they create deeper isolation and more disordered eating. Those with disordered eating can receive genuine intimacy in face-to-face contact with others who truly care about their recovery.

I found this on Wikipedia:

“A 2006 experimental study at the University of Missouri on 235 female undergraduates found that those subjected to a single viewing of a pro-ana site created by the study designers reported lower self-esteem and were more likely to become preoccupied with exercise and weight loss, as compared to control groups. A greater likelihood to exercise and a reduced likelihood to overeat or self-induce vomiting was also reported by the group viewing the pro-ana site.

Similarly, girls in the 2009 Leuven survey who viewed pro-ana websites were more likely to have a negative body image and be dissatisfied with their body shape. “

Many medical professionals say that these sites “glamorize” a very serious and fatal illness.

The worse thing for a person struggling with rejection is isolation.  These sites cause young woman and men to isolate themselves, connect with people who isolate themselves, and then inspire one another to reject recovery and health and instead starve and get sick to the point of death.

There is always hope!  There are lots of people who care about you and who don’t want you to suffer or die , most of all Jesus Christ.  He died for your sins, shame and illness so you can be saved.

1Pe 2:24  He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.

1Pe 2:25  For you were as sheep going astray, but now you are turned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, He will help you to die to your sins, so you can live to righteousness and be healed.  If you understand that you are full of sin and shame and see what He has done for you, and serve Him out of love, He WILL save you!

If you want to give your life to Jesus, please pray this out loud now there where you are right now:

Dear God, I acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I believe that He was born of the Virgin Mary. I believe that He died on the cross, that His blood was shed for my sins and that He arose from the dead. I confess that I have disobeyed your commandments. I ask you to forgive me for these sins. I now ask Jesus to come into my heart. Be my Savior. Be my Lord. Be my soon coming King. I will do my best to obey your teachings as recorded in the Bible. Thank you, in Jesus name. Amen.

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