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Pro Ana – New Anorexic Cult (Explicit!)

Updated on February 17, 2014

First, I apologise for the explicitness of the photo’s 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.

Pro Ana websties promote Anorexia Nervosa - They urge children/teenagers to celebrate anorexia as a lifestyle rather than a disorder and they are growing fast. A lot of petitions for them to be banned or closed down are now being made and I personally think the government should intervene. The Royal College of Psychiatrists have urged action to tackle Pro ana Websites Danger - Press Release 18/09/09

(Anorexia is an eating disorder. it is also a psychological disorder. It goes beyond out-of-control dieting. The individual continues the endless cycle of dieting/losing weight often to a point close to starvation in order to feel a sense of control over the body).

I searched for one of these Websites, which are hard to find but after nearly half an hour, I finally found one. It was shocking. This website gave all the motivation you could ever need to look thin - backed up with hundreds of diets (food diets, different types of fasting, medicines to buy on-line to be thin and lots of photo’s of thin people which they called “thinspiration”. I have not posted the link here, incase this article is read by teens who are searching for such websites.

I do not want to write much on this but would like to bring the latest Anorexia issue to people’s attention. If you hear about it or see someone who is interested in it, please discourage them. Also, please note it affects both boys and girls.

Anorexia kills.

What really sent shivers through me was the prayer below (which is why I put cult in my title). Please read and notice how youngsters are being lured psychologically into being thin. It 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 breathes 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)

Anorexic People want to look like skinny Celebrities

Being Anorexic - Signs to look out for.

  • They have a rapid, drastic weight loss in such 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 of calories and are always counting their calorie in-take. 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 pretence that they are going to eat in their bedroom.
  • Always criticizes the 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 etc.

  • Too much exercise that can be gruelling or punishing.
  • Reading a lot on weight loss or visiting websites that promote unhealthy ways to lose weight.
  • Often feeling cold, feeling dizzy and having headaches.
  • Low self esteem. It’s a pity that in the West, being slim is considered being beautiful and slim celebrities also contribute as youngsters want to look like them.

PS. You have to be very observant, as they are good at hiding symptoms. Example, a person who throws up in the toilet after a meal, 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.

Thanks for reading and I hope we can all help to support.

**Help for Anorexia

Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Care4Anorexics (an account I set up in May 2010 to share lots of useful info, encouragement and inspiration - for people who want to beat Anorexia).

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Useful Websites:

Priory Group

Eating Disorders Association

EatingDisorders ~ Inspiring Stories •*¨*•✩✬

http://www.b-eat.co.uk/AboutEatingDisorders/SurvivorsStories


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      ana4life 10 months ago

      It is a lifestyle!

      Ana is My everything

      she helpes me everytime

      anorexia is NOT a diseas!

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      guest 3 years ago

      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.

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      treeona 3 years ago

      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...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Tj 3 years ago

      Shocking.

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      PrincessDaisy 3 years ago

      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....

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      ap-test 3 years ago

      just checking to see if comments need to be approved

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Stephanie.

      Best Wishes.

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      Stephanie Constantino 3 years ago from Fountain, CO

      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...

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      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

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      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

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Random. :-)

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      random[a..z]y 4 years ago

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

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hello Beth

      Aaaawh... thanks so much for sharing your story. Sorry, I'm just reading it now. (I'm a bit slow with catching up on Comments left on Hubs).

      It's so nice to know you are fine now. As you explained, it's a self inflicted method of suicide and sadly many die from it - even famous people. I like your point about raising more public awareness. Maybe, it should be included in PE Lessons in schools. I do my best with my Care4Anorexics Twitter account, sending out info for recovery and so many people contact me personally. Recently, I notice some people are self-harming with it.

      I just hope friends and family are observant - to help those affected before it's too late. Thanks so much for stopping.

      Take Care, Elena.

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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      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.

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      Ana-Kate Regzig 5 years ago

      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.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @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.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      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.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      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!

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      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

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      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.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      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.

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      fiona 5 years ago

      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.

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      Dennis 5 years ago

      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.

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      Cristi 5 years ago

      great

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @LJ Thanks for stopping by to post some words of encouragement. I hope people take heed to what you have written. I will look up Dr Kevorkian to see if he has any websites, videos or other resources.

      Best Wishes.

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      LJ 5 years ago

      I can't believe that anyone would want to hurt themselves to this extent, yet I see it....... The men and woman who are promoting this as a "life-style", should be imprisoned for murder, this is by far worse than anything that

      Dr. Kevorkian ever did...... this is people taking pleasure in assisting people to destroy their health, lives and self-esteem and love....... pro-ana??? how to make your body shut itself down, through not giving it the nourishment it needs, a car won't run without gas, a child will not grow to a healthy adult with out food, love and water --- why would anyone think that their bodies in adulthood would be any different. This does not make you beautiful people, just to opposite, it's like looking at skeletons, covered in skin, skin that has aged beyond it's years. Stop - get help - be happy and healthy instead - for God's sake and yours.

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      anon 5 years ago

      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.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @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.

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      DJ 5 years ago

      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...

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @ubanichijioke

      Thanks for your support.

      "Amen" to your prayer.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 5 years ago from Lagos

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

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      @Nightmares

      @Eat

      @Bony

      @To Sara

      Interesting names....

      Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful Xmas. Do take care of yourself.

      Another Teenager, Kate Chilver Died of Anorexia this week

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2074086/...

      For Anorexia Support, you can find me here:

      http://www.inspiringtalk.com/anorexia-support

      Love and Best Wishes

      Elena xx

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      Bony 5 years ago

      How can they be doing satanic acts no such thing is satan and god but these girls do look gross if people keep on telling them the truth and this people who luv this ana things

      U R NOT FAT

      UR A SKELTON

      UR WARRPED IN THE HEAD

      When u look in the mirror to see fat by the way no one wants a bony girl

      Stop getting rid of my comments it is an america freedom of soeech

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      To sara 5 years ago

      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

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      Eat 5 years ago

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

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      Nightmares 5 years ago

      Nightmares for life u thought u were fat wow scary

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Break it down, Bubba....

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      bubba 5 years ago

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

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Hello.

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      Hello 5 years ago

      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.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Ana - I know most people want to be left alone. I noticed this on profile of some who follow me on Care4Anorexics on Twitter and I feel like saying to them "why follow me, if you love being Anorexic?" but I will just leave them be....

      By the same token I have a few who are in contact with me personally and benefit from the support I give to them. A lot of them are anorexic because of something deep that is hurting...

      Reading your comment, I don't like the fact that some people are force feed. They should be told lovingly the effects of Anorexia and coarsed into recovery also in a caring way.

      People who have anorexia have a choice. I just hope they make the right one. Life is too short to waste.

      Thanks for all the info and Best Wishes.

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      AnaFreedom 5 years ago

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

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      AnaFreedom 5 years ago

      Um, the writing that you exhibit was most likely not written by an anorexic. Most (if not all)of these religious style pieces were parodies written by anti anorexia people, psychologists and such who passed them out duing eating disoder treatment groups to try to make anorexics see ana as negative. Some people decided to post them on their sites instead as thinspiration. I was relieved to learn this, as some of them did not sound like ana at all (I don't mean "sound" in the literal sense, I don't want the next person to ask if I am hearing voices), especially the "Letter From Ana" (if you seach the web for that I believe you will find it, the first line is "Let me intoduce myself"). Indeed, it sounds a lot like the stern, authoritative tone of some of the eating disorder treatment professionals. If, you want a cult, look to the people who try to forcibly convert anorexics to their beliefs and lifetyle. I learned after my experience in an inpatient anorexia clinic that the techniques used on us were similar to the ones used on U.S. P.O.W.S. during the Korean War. They have also been used to try to forcibly brainwash homosexuals into being straight, in a time when that was thought of as an illness. They did more damage to me than ana ever did. They taught binging (being forced to eat such huge quantities of food that the other patients pitied us, all to gain the weight in about a month) and inactivity, as if it would be so easy to stop either. Some patients have become bulimic this way, others gained so much weight that those 2x joke tshirts that boast of having overcome anorexia would fit.

      Also, the "prayer" to ana gives the impression that anorexics are also bulimic; not all anas vomit or use laxitives. Not all of us have low self esteem. We want freedom. Free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom to the life we choose. If someone would choose treatment, let her (or him). But the girl who is 5 or 10 (or 15)pounds under some doctor's chart should not be locked up to be attemptedly altered against her will, especially not when so many people are obese or smoke. A person who smokes that has lung cancer is advised of treatment options and may choose to not even try to quit. If an obese person survived a heat attack, he or she would undergo emergency treatment and would be released to the eating habits that he or she would choose. The person with a cigarette in one hand and an oxygen mask in the other is free, as is the person who was so fat he had to have part of his house removed so he could get out. No one put them in forced nicotine rehabilitation of a fat farm. They are not forcing the cigarette industry or Burger King to pull all their ads. And homosexuality is no longer considered an illness, much less one that they can be committied for. Most pro anas wish to be left alone by the industry that wishes to change us into who we want to be. Yes, "who", not just a jean size. They wished to break from me a part of my soul, a part I doubt they (or you) even understood.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Hola Paty,

      No Comprehendo but thanks for stopping by. :)

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      Paty 5 years ago

      Todas do movimento Pro Ana precisam de salvação e cura, e só no nome de Jesus o nome que está acima de todos os nomes pode curá-las..isso é o poder do inimigo que faz isso com elas....e somente Jesus Cristo pode salvá-las desse inferno.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

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

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      AgesMGMT 6 years ago from New York

      Pro Ana huh, crazy how twisted minds can become. Not only do they harm their own minds and bodies but they encourage the youth and people to do the same. Sad

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Thinspiration.

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

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Wow it looks so ugly to be so thin. I am not fat even though i usually eat what i like but in moderation. If you exercise daily and watch what is going inside your body and in what quantity then i don't think you need any diet or anything to be healty.

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      thinspiration 6 years ago

      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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      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)).

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      Sarah! 6 years ago

      LISTEN! PEOPLE LIKE US ARE NOT CRAZY OR ILL OR DILUSIONAL! ITS PEOPLE AROUND US THAT FUCK US UP! I WAS SEXUALY ABUSED BY MY DAD AND MY FAMILY HATES ME, AND YET THEY LIVE A PERFECTLY NORMAL LIFE I DON'T SEE PEOPLE CALLING THEM CRAZY! WE HAVE THE DRIVE TO BECOME PERFECT, PRETTY UNLIKE MOST OF YOU FAT BASTARDS COMMENTING ON THIS! SO GET A GRIP! THIS IS OUR DESTANIY WHAT WE WERE MENT TO BE! SO FUCK YOU ALL :D

      P.S doctors don't know what the fuck ther talking about!!

      ONCE ANOREXIC, ALWAYS ANOREXIC!!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks for your comments, Vocal Coach.

      Best Wishes.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @Hinazille

      Thanks for your comments. Some curves wouldnt' hurt.

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      hinazille 6 years ago from Dominica (West Indies, The Caribbean) :D

      OMG this is sickening...its so sad that all major entertainment and media industries promote the 'thin' look...reality is that most women DO NOT look like that will NEVER look like that but that doesnt mean they are not beautiful....

      i personally think that men would like a woman with SOME curves...but hey thats me!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

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

      Best Wishes.

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      The friend 6 years ago

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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** 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

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      The friend 6 years ago

      "Ana" is dead. Hope you're happy

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      justanotherteen 6 years ago

      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

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      Jamie 6 years ago

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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

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

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      Jamie 6 years ago

      How can you allow comments like cameryn's but not comments like anna's?It doesnt make sense.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @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.

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      Cameryn 6 years ago

      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!!

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      Ana'sRedDragonfly 6 years ago

      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.

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      Saleh 6 years ago

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

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      Ana 6 years ago

      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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** 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...

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Starved - I promise you, I am simply raising awareness. You will notice above that I have set up a Twitter account to tweet useful info to help these ladies. I tweet stuff about eating disorders, self esteem, bodyimage, women issues etc.

      http://twitter.com/Care4Anorexics

      All I am doing is raising awareness, trying to make a difference. What I do above actually takes up my time as I have to search for articles, but for me it's a Labour of Love.

      Wishing all Anorexics well. :)

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      Ana  6 years ago

      While I assume you do not want me to comment again, I do just want to say that from looking at a pro ana website, one cannot develop an eating disorder. If someone has an eating disorder, they already have a psychological disorder, as many have said, and will get fuel by any means. Shutting down Ana will not help. Plus, freedom of speech. All I'm saying is I actually have been in a place you haven't, and I do not believe that Ana sites truly create or establish anorectics because it is a psychological disorder. If you want to help, do something productive against anorexia instead of this.

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      Starved 6 years ago

      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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** 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.

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      pro 6 years ago

      RIP Isabelle Caro

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

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

      Happy Holidays.

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      Ana 6 years ago

      Pro-Ana saved my life. How dare you criticize something you haven't experienced or that you don't understand. You think you get it just because you read two articles online then write a hub about it? You will never understand!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Arthur

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

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      arthurchappell 6 years ago from Manchester, England

      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.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

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

      Thanks for sharing your comments.

      Best Wishes.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      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 :)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      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

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      Anaya M. Baker 6 years ago from North Carolina

      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:)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      I hope so too wjames. Thanks for stopping.

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      wjames 6 years ago

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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for your support 2besure. Regards.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      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.

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      FirstStepsFitness 6 years ago

      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 .

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** 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.

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      Dawn Michael 6 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

      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.

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      College Girls 6 years ago

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

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      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. :)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      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. :)

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      mercedes 6 years ago

      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

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      C-Dan 6 years ago

      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

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      Thanks for the post lady_E

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      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.

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      Rayraych 6 years ago

      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.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Ladyt11 - Thanks so much for your supportive comments.

      ** Rayraych - thanks for stopping. Your comments, I quote: "Try to help out these people ibsteqd of critizing"

      My response: If you took time to read the whole article you will notice I have set up a Twitter Account to help Anorexics and I tweet lots of useful info which people are finding helpful - due to feedback received.

      So, help out by not pointing fingers.

      Also: your quote: "So please stop trying to make it sound like it's destroying people".

      My Response:

      ** Brazilian Model who died of Anorexia - http://enwn.net/+54915

      ** Male chef suffering from anorexia and bulimia died while on daily diet of just two crackerbreads - June 2010 http://bit.ly/aMtHks

      ** News - How anorexia ruined my teenage years: http://bit.ly/babERC

      ** Adult Anorexia: The forgotten tragedy of lives lost to illness

      http://ow.ly/2mYiw

      ** Anorexia Attacks Suddenly and Kills Slowly

      http://english.pravda.ru/society/stories/09-02-201...

      Hollar at me if you need any more info.

      Best Wishes!

      Elena