Warning: The following post contains images that may be triggering.
Pro Anorexia web sites have increased 470% from 2006 to 2007, according to Optenet.
470% – that's insane.
Yet, when I ask the average parent if they have heard of "pro ana," their eyes immediately glaze over. Why is this?
Let's see what our Ana friends have been up to, I haven't been on their case in a while, so time to surf the web….
Enter these Google search terms to find endless pages, sites, gory images, videos, and how to information – all in the name of – "Pro Anorexia- The Lifestyle":
"Pro Ana": 8,840,000
"Pro Anorexia": 215,000
"Ana Mia": 513,000
"How To Be Anorexic": 1,240,000
"How To Be Bulimic": 431,000
"I am afraid of fat": 4,810,000
If those stats have not scared the crap out of you yet, let's move on to what's happening on YouTube. These represent full length videos folks, each average a few minutes in length:
Average new video per week: 100+
First Video Upload: May 13, 2006
"Ana Mia": 12,400
"Pro Anorexia": 1,680
This insane increase may be attributed to;
- "Look Who's FAT" headlines pelting us at every single turn in the grocery check out aisle, partnered with anorexic images of Mary Kate Olsen crossing the streets of NYC dressed like a granny, gripping a Starbucks weighing in at 90 pounds tops.
Two examples of the thousands posted on the web of "real girl" thinspiration -the bathroom generally being the most popular location of the photo shoot (note to mom and dad: she is doing more than getting rid of their dinner in there).
- Tech-savvy teens laughing at efforts to shut down the pro ana sites quickly generating more content to royally piss off their parents.
- Well intentioned mothers scheduling their perfectly healthy daughters breast implants and liposuction for their sweet 16 birthday. If they die under the knife…oh well, life happens.
- Teen magazine articles preaching "eat healthy" while a turn of the page shows a bony girl smiling at the reader as if to say "You will never be me you fat ass loser."
- Every single fashion rag in this country filling its pages with photoshopped images of already super duper skinny models in order to make us regular people feel like a pile of crap….but they wouldn't make them if WE DIDN"T BUY THEM.
- Average size fashion model shrinking to a size 00 over the past decade (fun fact: according to the documentary America The Beautiful, this trend is "because designers need to save money on fabric.")