On Eating Disorders and the Danger of "Pro-Ana" Sites

The following words spelled out in scrabble letters against a dark brown wood background: "eating disorders," "anorexia," and "bulimia" Annie Spratt/Unsplash

“Pro-ana” groups that promote anorexia or bulimia can be dangerous, especially for young women. They encourage harmful habits and reinforce a negative body image. It can be difficult to tell the difference between a pro-ana group versus a group that provides positive, healthy support. This piece from Healthline explains why pro-ana sites attract people who struggle with eating disorders. It points to places where you can find safe online resources instead.

“Though you may meet many like-minded individuals, it’s important to understand that anorexia is not a lifestyle to be glorified. . .  Pro-ana sites are often created by people who have eating disorders and who don’t have medical knowledge or expertise. Instead, they view their extreme thinness as a positive choice. These sites may provide triggers to make eating disorders worse.”