eating disorder (ED), pro-ana, pro-eating disorder (pro-ED), lifestyle, community, pro-recovery
This paper explores the nature of websites that glorify eating disorders, or EDs. These websites are often referred to as “pro-ED” (pro-eating disorder), “pro-ana” (pro-anorexia), or “pro-mia” (pro-bulimia). For the purpose of this paper, only pro-ED, pro-ana, and pro-recovery website research were the focus. Scholarly articles found in California State University San Bernardino’s database were used to distinguish the different ways that these websites help and cause harm to individuals. Articles about pro-ED and pro-ana websites helped prove harmful to individuals, claiming the disorder as a “lifestyle”. It also showed the support these communities feel when interacting through blogs, comments, and chat rooms. Articles on pro-recovery websites showed small similarities with pro-ana and pro-ED websites, however proved to be more beneficial to individuals viewing this material. E-health communities such as “Proud2BMe” have also shown to improve empowerment in learning about their disorder and a more positive outlook on their future.
Silva Ramirez, Jane C.
"Pro-Anorexia Website Harm,"
Wisdom in Education: Vol. 9
, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/wie/vol9/iss1/5