Ana and Mia praised on the web
One may assume that most of those diagnosed with bulimia and anorexia have a moral struggle over their behavior, having somewhat of a desire to engage in normal eating habits. Alarmingly, however, the advent of the internet has brought about hundreds of sites that promote the diseases referring to them as “lifestyles” and assigning the disorders pet names like “Ana” (anorexia) and “Mia” (bulimia). A review of 180 such websites by Dina L.G. Borzekowski, EdD, of Johns Hopkins, and colleagues, revealed that these sites not only inspire the disorders with images and prose but also provide detailed instructions on how to engage in these behaviors. “The tips and techniques were suggestions and strategies to achieve rapid weight loss and even hide one’s eating disorder from concerned parents and friends,” Borzekowski said. She went on to say that “…16% of these sites had a written creed to “Ana” or a statement of the “Thin Commandments” — “Thou shall not eat without feeling guilty.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses these findings more.