Ever since I posted this post the top search words for this website has been “pro-ana” followed very closely by “pro-anorexia”, “pro-bulimia” and “pro-ED” I have also been getting many e-mails from young girls… they youngest was 13… asking :us: questions about “How to become ana”…. or how to get an ED”
I don’t look at myself as “pro-ED”… I’m not promoting an eating disorder. I’ve mentioned it a few times that I am a member of forums that by some people is referred to as “pro-ED” but to me those forums are more like a place where I can go to and speak up about my thoughts, wishes and fears without having to sensor myself. I’ve tried other type of forums like the forums at Something Fishy but found out it is not for me… I can’t be a part of something where I can’t speak freely…
The forums I’m a member of are not for people who want an eating disorder or look at them as a temporary diet… I’ve seen it many times where people/children come to these sites and think that having an eating disorder will “safe” them. Get real guys! Having an eating disorder causes more problems that you can imagine.
Girls/and guys who might read this… You don’t want an eating disorder!! Having an eating disorder is not just something you do for fun for a while and then drop just like that. This is like an addiction… your mind become obsessed with it and you an die from it or cripple yourself for life…
These are just a few things that are associated with Anorexia and Bulimia… Is this really what you want? and don’t tell me that you won’t experience these… If you want an eating disorder and you get your wish fulfilled this IS what you’ll get…
Dramatic weight loss in a relatively short period of time.
Wearing big or baggy clothes or dressing in layers to hide body shape and/or weight loss.
Obsession with weight and complaining of weight problems (even if “average” weight or thin).
Obsession with calories and fat content of foods.
Obsession with continuous exercise.
Frequent trips to the bathroom immediately following meals (sometimes accompanied with water running in the bathroom for a long period of time to hide the sound of vomiting).
Visible food restriction and self-starvation.
Visible binging and/or purging.
Use or hiding use of diet pills, laxatives, ipecac syrup (can cause immediate death!) or enemas.
Isolation. Fear of eating around and with others.
Unusual Food rituals such as shifting the food around on the plate to look eaten; cutting food into tiny pieces; making sure the fork avoids contact with the lips (using teeth to scrap food off the fork or spoon); chewing food and spitting it out, but not
swallowing; dropping food into napkin on lap to later throw away.
hiding food in strange places (closets, cabinets, suitcases, under the bed) to avoid eating (Anorexia) or to eat at a later time (Bulimia).
Flushing uneaten food down the toilet (can cause sewage problems).
Vague or secretive eating patterns.
Pre-occupied thoughts of food, weight and cooking.
Self-defeating statements after food consumption.
Hair loss. Pale or “grey” appearance to the skin.
Dizziness and headaches.
Frequent soar throats and/or swollen glands.
Low self-esteem. Feeling worthless. Often putting themself down and complaining of being “too stupid” or “too fat” and saying they don’t matter. Need for acceptance and approval from others.
Complaints of often feeling cold.
Low blood pressure.
Loss of menstrual cycle.
Constipation or incontinence.
Bruised or calluses knuckles; bloodshot or bleeding in the eyes; light bruising under the eyes and on the cheeks.
Loss of sexual desire or promiscuous relations.
Mood swings. Depression. Fatigue.
Insomnia. Poor sleeping habits