I want to share with you some of the inspiring messages I have received on my blog relating to the Ana & Mia craze on the web.
For those of you new to my blog Ana is code for Pro-anorexia and Mia is code for Pro-Bulimia. These terms need to be known and understood by parents, doctors, teachers, and others who are role models for children.
To the Ana & Mia’s out there, you do not need to be concerned that I will seek to take away your right to express yourselves online. What I do hope is that when you exhaust yourself with your Ana & Mia lifestyle, you know help is out there. You will exhaust yourself, if you don’t end up in the hospital first. There is no happy ending for Ana & Mia, the lifestyle is a literal nighmare….and those of you promoting this lifestyle know this truth in your heart.
Below are the bold and brave statements I would like to call to your attention. These women deserve some recognition for working to kicking Ana & Mia to the curb:
Leah: I absolutely loved your Ana & Mia video! I’m 25 and have struggled with anorexia/bulimia since I was about 12. I’m currently in the process of recovering. When I was younger, I used ana/mia sites for the ‘tips and tricks’. I loved that I could lose myself in the site to keep from eating. Now that I look back I realize that I was going to be hungry no matter what and a website wasn’t going to keep my stomach from growling 24/7. It helped me to believe that what I was doing was okay. Even now, I have to be really careful about avoiding these sites. (and they are EVERYWHERE!) It’s such a major trigger for me now. Looking back, I realize how disgusting the pictures are, and I would never want to be that thin, but I was. I had such a distorted self-image that I was always positive I was 50 pounds heavier than the pictures. Now I’m finally able to see myself as I am, and I’m beginning to accept the fact that I could stand to gain a few pounds. The pro ana/mia sites only help to keep you stuck in that cycle. Thankfully, it’s a cycle that I’m finding my way out of, slowly but surely.
KAY: I applaud you for shedding light on the role that the web plays. Sadly, i have to admit that i am a member of many of these sites. I have always thought of the pro-ana sites as a place to go and get “support.” I figured because the people on those sites are going through what i am going through, then there would be no judgement. I have recieved and given advice on the various postings, but i have always thought of it as giving anorexia and bulimia a “safer” alternative..to minimize risk (if there is such a thing). I did find that these sites start to consume every part of my day. Instead of doing research for term papers, i am busy looking up more tips. Bravo to you and chris athas for uncovering these things, and trying to help people avoid these evil pitfalls.
Kristi: The author of Ana Creed, intended to give others insight to the depths of dispare suffers of eating disorders sink to.
I wrote this creed about six years ago. And when I wrote it, I was already mostly over the attitudes described. I no longer feel this way about myself or my life or food. However, I think that it does give a very accurate depiction of the depths of self hatred felt by many people with an eating disorder.
I’ve also recently found out that this creed has been adopted by a number of “Pro anorexia” sites, without any attribution or copyright information. If you find such a site, please let me know: I do not condone a pro anorexia attitude nor is this creed intended to express such. I wrote it in order to give other people an understanding into the feelings and thoughts that underlie an eating disorder. I have no affiliations or links with any of the pro-ana sites out there, nor do I recommend this creed as a way of living, even though, in the midst of anorexic starvation, it can seem like the only way to be.
Ana and Mia when you are ready for help, it is waiting.
Call the eating disorders hotline 1-800-931-2237.
Confide in a parent, teacher or friend.
You can create a better life for yourself.