Ana & Mia are the new stars of Thin Nation. Don’t know them? You are in for a rude awakening.
They are the talk of the underground web world, providing solace, comfort and acceptance for their controversial lifestyle. A lifestyle dedicated to starving and purging yourself to death.
The girls who seek out Ana & Mia on the web are looking to connect with fellow anorexics and bulimics. Not in pursuit of treatment, but in pursuit of support, ideas, fun, and frivolity.
Ana is the code name anorexia. Mia is the code name for bulimia.
After writing my last post on THIN, I was all fired up on this topic and I didn’t feel like sleeping. I decided dig around the net to see what I could find on Ana & Mia. I heard rumblings of this underground web world a few months back; but ignored it. This can no longer be ignored.
As I googled “pro anorexia,” I was overwhelmed with nervous anticipation. I wasn’t quite sure if I wanted to see the search results. But as the image of my six year old daughter popped into my head, I took a deep breath, and clicked.
That one click took me to a world no mother wants to see. A world where teenage girls post comments of relief and pure excitement that they have found an online group that understands their need It is, after all, their right, to pursue their anorexic dream.
Each girl posts their own “Thinspiration!” images, to show others what they are willing to die for. The winner of the Thinspiration popularity contest? It’s a tie between Nicole Richie and Mary Kate Olsen.
Nicole, who is on the cover of at least 2-3 magazines of late, Hollywood doing their best to sensationalize and exploit this poor girls illness. Mary Kate, of the famous Olsen twins. The one my innocent, angelic, daughter already relates to, since her hip and trendy fashions are sold at Walmart, marketed to size 5 and up.
Here are two model images I found posted by several girls, most with the fun little comment; Think Thin!!
The girls flood to the site to share their daily successes, and failures. Halloween was a rough time for Anas & Mias, most broke down and consumed some dreaded candy. Those who failed to obstain from the mouthwatering sugar, subsequently poured their heart out to their cherished online companions. They expressed hatred for their fat cow bodies. They reaffirmed their commitment and dedication to Ana or Mia, most commonly promising to punish themselves tomorrow by fasting.
Ladies, it is time for a revolution. Mindonthemedia.org and Insidebeauty.org started it. Dove is leading it. This blog and many others like it will continue to drive it. With momentum, we can make a difference for ourselves, young women, teenage girls, and all the 8 year olds who are starting their first diet. This is a cycle that must be broken.
Still need proof Ana & Mia are real? Read the creed.ed
The Ana Creed
I, Ana, believe in Control, the only force mighty enough to bring order to the chaos that is my world.
I believe that I am the most vile, worthless and useless person ever to have existed on this planet, and that I am totally unworthy of anyone’s time and attention.
I believe that other people who tell me differently must be idiots. If they could see how I really am, then they would hate me almost as much as I do.
I believe in oughts, musts and shoulds as unbreakable laws to determine my daily behaviour.
I believe in perfection and strive to attain it.
I believe in salvation through trying just a bit harder than I did yesterday.
I believe in calorie counters as the inspired word of god, and memorise them accordingly.
I believe in bathroom scales as an indicator of my daily successes and failures.
I believe in hell, because I sometimes think that I’m living in it.
I believe in a wholly black and white world, the losing of weight, recrimination for sins, the abnegation of the body and a life ever fasting.