In this new generation of internet marketing and social media, there are many constructive web sites that can help someone that struggles with the disease of anorexia or bulimia. Those are the sites that encourage someone that is afflicted with these rapidly growing disorders to get the necessary help one would need to live a happy life in recovery.
About one in every ten Americans suffers from an eating disorder of some kind; and one out of every four to five are teenagers. These numbers are astonishing, but what are even more outrageous, are the web sites that encourage such behavior. They are called pro-ana (pro-anorexia), and pro-mia (pro-bulemia) web sites that are readily available to offer disturbing advice to those already sick and suffering individuals. These sites defend the actions of starving yourself, giving tips on what ways work best, and encourage destructive, ritualistic behavior. They do not consider these fatal diseases a problem, but a choice and a way of life. They say their way of life is not for the weak, and post disturbing pictures, glamorizing skin and bones, and self-abuse for not achieving perfection.
Those that suffer from eating disorders usually live a very private life, hiding the way they constrict and/or binge and purge, from those around them. They will protect the very thing that is killing them. Trying to maintain and control their emotional wounds with food. These web sites that encourage such destructive behavior play right into that, and are a disgrace to a society of already wounded souls. So, if you have a friend or family member that struggles with an eating disorder, or if you are struggling, please seek out professional help, or go to a local EDA meeting. Please be aware this is not a laughing matter - this is a disease and it can kill.
To find an EDA support fellowship, please visit: http://www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org/