Pro Ana Websites

As I am researching about Anorexia, I came across a few pro ana websites. Which are websites that promote anorexia and give tips on how to lose wight and stay away from food. I looked at a few and they all had the same warning: “This site is a pro-ana website. This website is for support for those with an eating disorder who feel alone and by themself with this issue. I support the recovery of the indivdual when they are ready and will never support those who ‘want an eating disorder’. It is for support of those who already have anorexia / bulimia and/or those that accept people that are anorexic or bulimic. Some images, links text and thinspiration may be considered triggering in nature. As well, if you are looking to get anorexia / bulimia by being here then please leave now. You will not find information contained within this web site, forum, or any site linked to / from this website on how to become anorexic or bulimic. If you do not accept the condition of anorexia / bulimia / other eating disorders plus the pro-ana movement then you must also leave this pro-ana website immediately.”
They give diet tips such as “The Rainbow Diet” where you only eat a certain colored food for each meal everyday. Ex: Thursday (Orange) with 1/2 of an Orange for breakfast and the other half for lunch and then 1/2 a cup of carrots for dinner. 
On these websites there are a lot of comments and posts from people who suffer from anorexia and say how they haven’t eaten that day, they only ate a minimal amount of calories, or even some who say they broke weak, and binged but promise to starve for the next few days to make up for the indulged calories and fat. Some may say they ate, felt guilty, and purged (made themselves throw up).
More posts have things such as tips on how not to eat or how to eat minimally. Like cut your food into X amount of pieces and chew each piece X amount of times. And the rule that you drink a full glass of water before a meal and sip a glass in between each bite so you’re fuller faster.
These websites could be both really dangerous but really helpful at the same time. It provides a safe place for girls with anorexia to express their problems and talk about their eating habits and not feel pressured. But it’s also dangerous because it does promote anorexia, and it gives tips on how to starve yourself. But like the warning says on the front, they’re not there to teach someone how to have an eating disorder. They’re there to help and support anyone with an ED that want to talk.
This is one picture I found from a Pro-Ana website, they believe if you don’t eat pizza, cupcakes, or chocolate, you will have defined hipbones, collar bones, and small thighs.
I will continue my research with these websites and see if I find anything else to answer my question; What are the dangers of Anorexia in teenagers?
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Dangers of Anorexia Nervosa

My research this week taught me that a teen with an eating disorder can damage almost everything in their body. Including the brain, liver, kidneys, heart, bones, teeth, skin, and even hair. And if it doesnt get treated, an eating disorder can result in kidney problems, ulcers and heart failure. Teenage eating disorders can also lead to death. In addition, other dangerous effects of anorexia include dehydration and electrolyte imbalances (which is when you lose too many electolytes and not replace them).
Anorexic females period often stop after a few months of not eating. Because without the needed calories and nutrition, your body goes into survival mode and uses its last calories to make the important organs work. Ex: the heart and brain.
In other cases, anorexics may consume large amounts of water when they are going to a doctor’s appointment in an attempt to “water load,” or to pretend to have gained weight.
A lot of water consumption can lead to water intoxication, which is when too much water is put in your body at once. This can cause seizures, a coma, and even death in extreme cases.

Anorexics are obsessed with weight loss and body appearance, and dont see that the extreme weight loss and starvation is completely changing their body and health.
This information has taught me that anorexia is not only a danger to yourself on the outside, but on the inside too. They can suffer from many heart problems later in life and could even cause death at an earlier time than normal. I will continue my research on this topic because I am learning a lot about anorexia and its affects.

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Anorexia Nervosa- the facts

I am researching anorexia in teens. The information I found has helped me in my research and I found that the exact cause of anorexia is unknown, but is mostly started by emotional problems or peer pressure. With this, teens become very insecure and begin to see themselves as fat or unhealthy. Anorexia is not the same as dieting. Dieting is losing weight and exercising at a healthy rate. But teens that are anorexic will go to extremes to reach the body image and weight they wish to have.
A lot of times, teens think they are helping themselves by eating less and getting thinner.
I was curious about the statistics of anorexia so I decided to look into it. I found that way too many teens suffer from anorexia and its effects. In the United States, 2 out 100 teens struggle with anorexia.
Anorexia affects around 5 million teens every year, 75% are girls. I also found that 1000 teens to die every year of an eating disorder. From malnutrition, cardiac arrest, or even suicide.
Not just girls get eating disorders, boy do too. And they are just as affected by it. Boys make up about 25% of patients with anorexia. In the 60s and 70s, eating disorders in guys were thought to be impossible. But with new pressures put on boys by the media around body image didn’t exist 15 years ago- the way media focus’s on abs, body building, thinner male models, new men’s fashions, and new male fashion magazines.
Overall, around 70 million people in the world struggle with an eating disorder.
Anorexia had to come from somewhere, right? In the Victorian era, anorexia became an increasing problem. Some researchers think that food was one of the few areas in life where women had some control. Additionally, a woman with an appetite was associated with indulgence and lack of control. Concluding that a frail, pale, and thin woman would be associated with femininity and attractiveness.
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Internet Addiction Linked to Strict / Unaffectionate Parenting

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Image Strick parenting leads to Internet Addiction?

By Dr. Brent Conrad, Clinical Psychologist at

A new study has found that young adults who remember their parents as being overly stick, demanding, and without being affectionate, tended to be more likely to have problematic Internet use (often referred to as Internet Addiction). 

As this is obviously a correlational finding (and we all know that correlation does not imply causation), the authors suggest that other factors may be at play.

For example, kids with very demanding parents who lack affection may experience mood problems, may have difficulty relating to peers in person, or may struggle to making friends in general…which may cause them to retreat to online games for comfort and support.

The study of 600 adults concluded that almost 2% of men and 0.6% of women could be classified as “severely addicted”.

The take home message is pretty simple isn’t…

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Teen Internet Addiction Treatment: When Is It A Problem?

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Teen Internet Addiction

In a day and age when profuse internet use is ingrained into nearly every part of our lives, it may sound overkill to suggest that “Internet Addiction” could even exist, no less be a serious enough issue that it requires treatment.  Because of this, it can be difficult for parents to determine when such frequent internet use becomes a problem, rather than just a typical teenage phase.  However, the nature of any addiction is that it becomes a problem because the given behavior is so excessive that it leads to negative effects upon, and neglect of, other aspects of a person’s life.  Teens that have an Internet Addiction are not just on the internet a lot; rather, their obsession with being on the internet controls much of their lives, often causing struggles in school, withdrawal from or neglect of other responsibilities, and tension in relationships.  It’s these connected struggles, as…

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What Happens Inside Internet Detox Camps in China?

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Image Treatment for video game addiction?

By Dr. Brent Conrad, Clinical Psychologist at

Although Internet / video game addiction treatment centres are becoming more common in North America and Europe, countries like China and South Korea have been offering “detox” camps for years.

A new documentary called “Web Junkie” takes a peek inside one of 400 video game detox centres in China and follows three boys during their one month treatment.

Treatment at the military-style boot camp does not come cheap – at 10,000 Yuan, this is double the average monthly salary in Beijing. But when parents are desperate, they will do anything to help their children.

Although the film (not surprisingly) does not provide all the details on what “treatment” for video game addiction entails, it does show the boys navigating military obstacles, receiving medical treatment, participating in family therapy, and having their heads covered in wires to monitor…

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