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Pro-ana, short for "pro-anorexia," is a movement and ideal that supports anorexia as a lifestyle choice. The equivalent for the related disorder, bulimia, is known as pro-mia, though pro-bul[l] might be more appropriate.
Pro-ana slogans and rhetoric have often caused miniature storms amongst modern mainstream media outlets, who are starting to realise after a few decades that it's wrong to make people want to resemble cocktail sticks. T-shirts reading "Eat Less" and "Nothing Tastes As Good As Skinny Feels" (as endorsed by professional inexplicable entity Perez Hilton) were pulled following a public backlash. At times, claims and "tips" from pro-ana sites can descend into seeming parody, such as advice that "[a]t a certain weight ... you will lose your period. This is a good thing because it means that you’re losing weight." Other advice is downright scary, such as tips on how to hide anorexia from your doctor.
This is incredibly and very dangerously wrong. Passing off a psychological disorder and its potentially lethal health effects as a "lifestyle" choice is exploitative and dangerous. Pro-ana proponents often cross over with breatharianism advocates in their levels of denial.
Put simply, body dysmorphic disorder is a serious mental illness, and not a lifestyle choice to be embraced. Thinking that having a body like models who appear in the media only after being photoshopped is in no way healthy, and the pro-ana movement promotes unhealthy and highly dangerous behaviors.
- Being pro-anorexia is as sensible as being pro-pnuemonia (YouTube)
- An actual pro-anorexia blog. (Please don't click on that link if you're struggling with an eating disorder)
- Jezebel.com — Urban Outfitters Pulls "Eat Less" Shirt
- PrettyThin.com Ana Beauty Tips at the Wayback Machine (archived December 13, 2011)