We have a semantics problem.
What does pro-anorexia even mean anymore? Who is responsible for starting this confusing term Pro-Anorexia? If anyone knows, please fill me in.
I’d like to try to define the Pro-Anorexia Community for those who are looking to understand it, basically we have two very distinct groups:
ProAna Type 1 means you have an eating disorder, a mental disease, likley with a genetic component. The primary reason these individuals visit proana web sites is for support from other individuals with the same issues. They may or not be seeking recovery options. This is anorexia as we have traditionally known it, a cruel, disfiguring, mental disease.
ProAna Type 2 means you want to have an eating disorder and you are deliberately starving yourself for the body you aspire to. These individuals visit proana web sites for support from other “wannarexics”. Thinspiration images of models and hollywood stars are needed to keep their starvation motivation going, and when the individual breaks down and eats, they punish themselves incessantly due to their failure to restrict their diet.
These two types of proanas can be best be understood by watching the following videos, created by members of the groups themselves.
PARENTS: PLEASE STAY WITH ME HERE, THESE VIDEOS ARE HARD TO WATCH BUT PLEASE TAKE THE TIME AND ENERGY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON HERE.
Type 1: Real Anorexia, every mother’s nightmare.
Here is the ProAnorexic point of view from the perspective of someone who is suffering to death from this mental illness. These individuals do not have control over their restricting behaviors, and there is likely genetic component to their disease.
Type 2 : “Wannarexia” or Social Anorexia.
This video depicts the point of view of an individual who wants to be anorexic because they desire the body type of an anorexic. They desire protruding bones because they see this look as the ultimate in beauty. They are willing to accept the consequences of starvation to achieve their desired body image. These individuals have control over their actions, at least when they start down this path, and are choosing to restrict their food intake.
Either way, it ain’t pretty is it?
So, why do I care? How can I not. Wannarexics are the group I am honing in on. The fashion industry is pushing the right buttons with our girls, Wannarexics are gaining strength in numbers.
Won’t you join me?