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July 28th, 2006, 03:32 PM
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What do you think of these? I looked at a couple back in high school, and I have to say that I actually think they are a necessary evil. They try to teach you how to stay alive while being anorexic-and if someone's gonna be anorexic, they're gonna be anorexic--might as well teach them how to stay alive.

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July 28th, 2006, 03:36 PM
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What do you think of these? I looked at a couple back in high school, and I have to say that I actually think they are a necessary evil. They try to teach you how to stay alive while being anorexic-and if someone's gonna be anorexic, they're gonna be anorexic--might as well teach them how to stay alive.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2068728&page=1[/b]
There are pro-suicide sites too.. sad..

I don't want to be insensitive to anorexia as I feel it's very serious. It makes me angry to have enough people out there who hate themselves to do this to others by having resources.. It reminds me of that video from Pink ~ stupid girls. The energy they put into that kind of crap could have been put towards help and a positive resource.
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July 28th, 2006, 03:37 PM
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What do you think of these? I looked at a couple back in high school, and I have to say that I actually think they are a necessary evil. They try to teach you how to stay alive while being anorexic-and if someone's gonna be anorexic, they're gonna be anorexic--might as well teach them how to stay alive.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2068728&page=1[/b]
I don't see in any way how it's teaching them to stay alive. This is a disease that kills. These websites should be shut down IMO.
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July 28th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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I agree that those websites should be shut down. Eating disorders are very serious mental illnesses that many people overlook. My sister's best friend is a recovering anorexic and has to see a cardiologist once a month because of all the damage that was done to her heart. So even if these websites are teaching those girls how to "stay alive" it's not helping them a bit in reality.
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July 28th, 2006, 05:23 PM
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What do you think of these? I looked at a couple back in high school, and I have to say that I actually think they are a necessary evil. They try to teach you how to stay alive while being anorexic-and if someone's gonna be anorexic, they're gonna be anorexic--might as well teach them how to stay alive.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2068728&page=1[/b]
There are pro-suicide sites too.. sad..

I don't want to be insensitive to anorexia as I feel it's very serious. It makes me angry to have enough people out there who hate themselves to do this to others by having resources.. It reminds me of that video from Pink ~ stupid girls. The energy they put into that kind of crap could have been put towards help and a positive resource.
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What do you mean by crap? Energy put into pro anorexia websites or crap like Pink's video? I think Pink was trying to send an awesome message. I'm sorry that websites like that even exist. It glorifies the disease
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July 28th, 2006, 05:36 PM
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What do you think of these? I looked at a couple back in high school, and I have to say that I actually think they are a necessary evil. They try to teach you how to stay alive while being anorexic-and if someone's gonna be anorexic, they're gonna be anorexic--might as well teach them how to stay alive.[/b]
These pro-ani websites promote the lifestyle, have pictures of "ideal" bodies, teach you how to hide your disease, how to lose weight. A pro-ani idea of what's healthy is definitely twisted. Anorexia kills.
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July 28th, 2006, 05:51 PM
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My sister used to visit these websites and is anorexic. My family has tried to get her the help but she sees herself as "fat." I feel these websites are helping kill my little sister. Her diet is coffee (3-5 runs a day to Dunkin' Donuts) and McDonald's (every other day). I know that the websites did not cause her to be anorexic but they promote "safe" ways of doing it but no one on them talks about the negative aspect of this illness.
My sister does not mind me sharing her experience with this, if it might help some other people realize how serious this is.
I even have comparison pictures of her with how much weight she has lost over the years.
IMO these websites need to be shut down because of the message they are teaching to girls all over the place.
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July 28th, 2006, 06:02 PM
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My sister used to visit these websites and is anorexic. My family has tried to get her the help but she sees herself as "fat." I feel these websites are helping kill my little sister. Her diet is coffee (3-5 runs a day to Dunkin' Donuts) and McDonald's (every other day). I know that the websites did not cause her to be anorexic but they promote "safe" ways of doing it but no one on them talks about the negative aspect of this illness.
My sister does not mind me sharing her experience with this, if it might help some other people realize how serious this is.
I even have comparison pictures of her with how much weight she has lost over the years.
IMO these websites need to be shut down because of the message they are teaching to girls all over the place.[/b]
I'm so sorry about your sister.
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July 28th, 2006, 06:40 PM
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Intervening in this thread. Please do not post links to any ana-mia sites. These sites are not appropriate links for Justmommies. You may continue to discuss the topic but please do not post links to any ana-mia sites.
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July 28th, 2006, 06:41 PM
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I just looked through a bunch of those websites, since this thread peaked my interest... this one is the one that got my attention the most - **link taken out***
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It's like a deathwish. They know they are killing themselves but they can't stop.
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July 28th, 2006, 08:07 PM
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Ok well, to explain myself further--for a year of my life in high school, I consider myself to have had an eating disorder. I literally ate nothing but maybe 3 crackers of half a piece of toast a day for like 6 months. I lost around 60 pounds in a very short time. Then I went on a mission trip with my high school to Africa, I couldn't hide it, and I was working so hard that I ended up eating. So I then began taking laxatives and vomiting. Eventually, I couldn't continue the binging and purging anymore(it was painful, gross, and I was making myself physically sick with dizziness and headaches, etc.). So I gradually stopped.

I looked at those websites, they DO encourage you to continue and motivate you with pictures of paper thin people. And they do teach you how to hide it. But before I had every heard of them, I did what I did. Looking at those sites, I learned how to keep myself alive--a slogan of the site I went to was "Good Anas' Never Die".

So maybe I have a biased opinion of them--but I don't think that those who are not pre-dispositioned to become ana/mia would become it as a result of viewing those sites.

People don't just become anorexic/bulemic because they find out how to do it. I think that those sites help, to an extent, those who have it. No, it doesn't encourage them to stop--but it does teach how to be somewhat healthy about it.

You don't become anorexic/bulemic because you have the knowledge of how to---it's something deep inside you, whether it be low-self esteem, some inherited tendency, peer pressure, whatever. It's like a disease.
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July 28th, 2006, 08:17 PM
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Ok well, to explain myself further--for a year of my life in high school, I consider myself to have had an eating disorder. I literally ate nothing but maybe 3 crackers of half a piece of toast a day for like 6 months. I lost around 60 pounds in a very short time. Then I went on a mission trip with my high school to Africa, I couldn't hide it, and I was working so hard that I ended up eating. So I then began taking laxatives and vomiting. Eventually, I couldn't continue the binging and purging anymore(it was painful, gross, and I was making myself physically sick with dizziness and headaches, etc.). So I gradually stopped.

I looked at those websites, they DO encourage you to continue and motivate you with pictures of paper thin people. And they do teach you how to hide it. But before I had every heard of them, I did what I did. Looking at those sites, I learned how to keep myself alive--a slogan of the site I went to was "Good Anas' Never Die".

So maybe I have a biased opinion of them--but I don't think that those who are not pre-dispositioned to become ana/mia would become it as a result of viewing those sites.

People don't just become anorexic/bulemic because they find out how to do it. I think that those sites help, to an extent, those who have it. No, it doesn't encourage them to stop--but it does teach how to be somewhat healthy about it.

You don't become anorexic/bulemic because you have the knowledge of how to---it's something deep inside you, whether it be low-self esteem, some inherited tendency, peer pressure, whatever. It's like a disease.[/b]
I just don't see how anorexia and bulemia can be done in a healthy way.
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July 28th, 2006, 08:45 PM
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Oh, it can't! I'm not trying to say that. But if you are going to do it regardless, at least know how to keep yourself alive, kwim?
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July 28th, 2006, 09:43 PM
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My sister didn't have any other indications that she would be anorexic. She is beautiful, been all her life. She has always been told it. She has always been the skinny of us 3 girls. It's something she decided to do because she wanted to keep herself "hot" looking for her husband who never had a problem with her weight or anything. After she started being anorexic is when the severe depression started. She now thinks she is fatter than ever and has tried to stop, after seeing a picture of herself at 93 lbs. Now she suffers from other problems, such as IBS and has the most sensitive stomach I have ever known. So I do not see where there is always an underlying factor in someone becoming anorexic because she was such a stable person till she entered adulthood.

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Thank you so much. I wish there was something I coud do to help her but she lives in Florida and I am Ohio.
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July 29th, 2006, 01:22 AM
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My sister didn't have any other indications that she would be anorexic. She is beautiful, been all her life. She has always been told it. She has always been the skinny of us 3 girls. It's something she decided to do because she wanted to keep herself "hot" looking for her husband who never had a problem with her weight or anything. After she started being anorexic is when the severe depression started. She now thinks she is fatter than ever and has tried to stop, after seeing a picture of herself at 93 lbs. Now she suffers from other problems, such as IBS and has the most sensitive stomach I have ever known. So I do not see where there is always an underlying factor in someone becoming anorexic because she was such a stable person till she entered adulthood.

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Thank you so much. I wish there was something I coud do to help her but she lives in Florida and I am Ohio.
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I am sorry about your sister. I know where she is right now,my lowest I was 80 lbs. I have suffered from anorexia for over 10 years. I have not been officially sick in a few years, but the thoughts never go away. For me I wanted to be thin, but I think mine was more about control. Being thin really was the one thing in my life I could control, and I was very good at it. And people constantly ######ing at me, and telling me how thin I was just made me do it even more. I know how to eat now, and I religiously count my calories. I have to reaffirm to myself that I don't have to starve myself to be thin. It's a hard thing to figure out, I hope she does for her bodies sake.
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Thank you so much. I really wish she had someone who was closer to her to help her but my entire family lives elsewhere. She is in a really bad spot right now too. Her roommate is a former stripper, now cocktail waitress in a casino. After having her son, she started starving herself so my sister sees her friend doing it also. My friend has battled this since high school so this isn't because she sees her friend doing it and her friend started this before they became roommates. I just feel like my hands are tied.
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July 29th, 2006, 06:56 PM
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I am sorry about your sister. I know where she is right now,my lowest I was 80 lbs. I have suffered from anorexia for over 10 years. I have not been officially sick in a few years, but the thoughts never go away. For me I wanted to be thin, but I think mine was more about control. Being thin really was the one thing in my life I could control, and I was very good at it. And people constantly ######ing at me, and telling me how thin I was just made me do it even more. I know how to eat now, and I religiously count my calories. I have to reaffirm to myself that I don't have to starve myself to be thin. It's a hard thing to figure out, I hope she does for her bodies sake.[/b]
Thanks for sharing your story. Being around my sister's friend so much I have learned alot about eating disorders, particularly anorexia. I think people have the wrong idea about most eating disorders. It's not all about trying to look supermodel thin, it is more psychological then anything.
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