**Excerpt from The Hip Bone Handbook, how to be anorexic.
I started blogging back in 2006. What started as a total whim, has grown to be a part of me. The girls of my blog community created the nickname “mamaV” and quickly took hold of my heart. The vast majority of these young women find my blog while they secretly search for pro-anorexia online.
The thought of Anorexia, as a lifestyle, is so totally preposterous, I have a hard time saying it myself. Most adults are dumbfounded by the topic, as I was when I first caught wind of it.
This is not some random, underground culture. A simple search for the term on Google returns over a million pages of starvation driven content. We are talking deliberate, active, starvation here.
Pro-anorexia, a.k.a. “pro-ana or wannarexia,” preys on the weak, the young, the insecure. The more the pro-ana lifestyle takes hold of a young mind, followers actually start to refer to “Ana,” their fictionary god who serves to justify their actions.
This topic is ugly and disturbing.
Do not turn away and leave this one for someone else to deal with, it ain’t going away.
These are OUR girls.
You can address this issue head on, in your everyday life, through the interactions of every young person you are in contact with. You need to be aware of what is going on in the minds of young people today, in order to recognize the deadly habits of a pro-anorexic individual, perhaps even save a precious life before it is sucked into the pro-ana culture.
THIN equals beauty in this society.
We are raising a generation of of young women who would rather die, than be one of the ugly ones.
Life goals are not to be smart, or happy, or strong.
Thin is it. And it’s pathetic.
I can’t sit here, silent, when we have healthy, young, capable lives being pissed away while they are busy collaborating online on how to starve themselves to death.