To many people pro-ana is a negative thing keeping "sick" people together. In my eyes pro ana is a term of support. Contrary to popular belief sites and messages boards that are pro-ana do NOT make a person anorexic etc. Here I'll include 2 viewpoints one from a person with an ed and one from the media.
CHICAGO - They call her “Ana.” She is a role model to some, a goddess to others — the subject of drawings, prayers and even a creed.
She tells them what to eat and mocks them when they don’t lose weight. And yet, while she is a very real presence in the lives of many of her followers, she exists only in their minds.
Ana is short for anorexia, and — to the alarm of experts — many who suffer from the potentially fatal eating disorder are part of an underground movement that promotes self-starvation and, in some cases, has an almost cult-like appeal.
Followers include young women and teens who wear red Ana bracelets and offer one another encouraging words of “thinspiration” on Web pages and blogs.
They share tips for shedding pounds and faithfully report their “cw” and “gw” — current weight and goal weight, which often falls into the double digits. They also post pictures of celebrity role models, including teen stars Lindsay Lohan and Mary-Kate Olsen, who last year set aside the acting career and merchandising empire she shares with her twin sister to seek help for her own eating disorder.
“Put on your Ana bracelet and raise your skinny fist in solidarity!” one “pro-Ana” blogger wrote shortly after Olsen entered treatment.
No one knows just how many of the estimated 8 million to 11 million Americans afflicted with eating disorders have been influenced by the pro-Ana movement. But experts fear its reach is fairly wide. A preliminary survey of teens who’ve been diagnosed with eating disorders at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, for instance, found that 40 percent had visited Web sites that promote eating disorders.
“The more they feel like we — ’the others’ — are trying to shut them down, the more united they stand,” says Alison Tarlow, a licensed psychologist and supervisor of clinical training at the Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Fla., a residential facility that focuses on eating disorders.
Experts say the Ana movement also plays on the tendency people with eating disorders have toward “all or nothing thinking.”
“When they do something, they tend to pursue it to the fullest extent. In that respect, Ana may almost become a religion for them,” says Carmen Mikhail, director of the eating disorders clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
She and others point to the “Ana creed,” a litany of beliefs about control and starvation, that appears on many Web sites and blogs. At least one site encourages followers to make a vow to Ana and sign it in blood.
Volitional, proactive anorexia is not a disease or a disorder. It is not to be confused with ED-anorexia; it is not something invasive which one "suffers from." There are no VICTIMS here. It is a lifestyle choice that begins and ends with a particular faculty human beings seem in drastically short supply of today: the will.
In our victim-mentality saturated society, we seem to have forgotten the basic meaning of that classic statement by Eleanor Roosevelt, "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Likewise, no one and nothing can rule over you without your consent, either. The difference between the ED-anorectic and the volitional, proactive anorectic (or "pro-ana") is that the pro-ana realizes the truth of that statement. The ED-sufferer, by contrast, gapes at that statement in mute confusion, bound by her own delusion of helplessness which becomes experienced as a reality only through her investment of belief in it as such, which experience could likewise be revoked and annihilated at any time through the removal and redirection of that investment.
Contrary to popular misconception, volitional anorectics possess the most iron-cored, indomitable wills of all. Our way is not that of the weak. Self-control has never been the way of the weak. To deliberately direct one's course of action apart from the impulses of raw instinct and desire requires discipline, inner strength, persistence, and focus. Make no mistake about it: anorectics have appetites and survival instincts just like everyone else. Biologically all human beings are hard-wired not only to put food in our mouths but to enjoy and seek the experience repeatedly as well. The difference with volitional anorectics is that we choose to say "no" to these impulses, or choose to say "OK, but only these foods, and only this amount." taken from http://grotto.projectshapeshift.net/id1.html
Ana - Anorexia
Mia - Bulimia
Thinspiration - Combination of "thin" and "inspiration." Most thinspirations consist of pictures of thin models or phrases. There to motivate and to keep your goal in mind.
HW - Highest Weight.
CW - Current Weight
LW - Lowest Weight.
GW - Goal Weight.
IP - in patient treatment.