Are pro-ana blogs good for anorexics?

A groundbreaking new research study from Indiana University suggests there may be benefits to the controversial activities of “pro-ana” bloggers, the online community for people with eating disorders.

IU researchers interview pro-anorexic bloggers for groundbreaking new study

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2 thoughts on “Are pro-ana blogs good for anorexics?

  1. Pro-ana websites aim to provide a system of support and resources for women and men who suffer from eating disorders, but it is often argued that instead these sites seems to advocate for the disease by making it seem justifiable. The sites sometimes offers suggestions on how to continue the disorder and provides a great deal of pictures and other materials of very thin women that are seen as what the viewers should work towards. These sites still seem to be very troublesome to me, but the this article allowed me to see a slightly different approach to explaining them.

    I understand that members of these sites are looking to connect with others that are like them and can relate to what they are going through, but it still seems that these connections are enforcing their harmful behavior instead of turning it around. Members of the community seek to feel part of something and seek to do this in a safe way – but can these communities really be considered safe? It would be interesting to see if more of the members blogged about their journey to get help and get better as a way to encourage others to do the same.

  2. Pro- ana blogs are huge problem with young women in our society. Some of these blogs provide methods to young women to help them not get caught. They are also run by anorexics who feel that there is nothing wrong with anorexia as long as you “do it right”. Society today glorifies stick thin women and dieting. Some of these blogs claim that anorexia is a form of dieting and fail to disclose the information about it being a mental disorder. I feel that the pro-ana blogs should require a person of atleeast 18 years of age or older to view. Young women who access these sites are at a sensitive time in their lives where what they see is what they should be.

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