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Pro-anorexia rife on networking sites - Clare - 08-11-2007

Pro-anorexia rife on social networking sites
By Laura Clout

Last Updated: 12:55am BST
 11/08/2007

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><P class=story2>Eating disorder charities have called on social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook to restrict online groups that promote anorexia as a "lifestyle choice".
<P class=story2>Pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia sites feature photographs of emaciated women and encourage victims to become dangerously thin.
<P class=story2>The groups are appearing on MySpace and Facebook as well as YouTube, a popular video sharing site.
Many of the groups have been shut down by internet service providers.<P class=story2>The charities say that the groups claim to offer support but instead glorify mental illnesses.
<P class=story2>A search of Facebook revealed several "pro-ana" groups, many with almost 1,000 members.
<P class=story2>On MySpace, which has 115 million members, another group features photos of models alongside the warning "no people trying to recover, it ruins our motivation".
<P class=story2>Thousands of people have viewed clips on YouTube that feature women showing their jutting bones, and sharing tips about how to avoid food.
<P class=story2>Eating disorder charities have called on the websites to censor their content or warn potentially vulnerable users. Susan Ringwood, chief executive of Beat, an eating disorder charity, said: "Anything which can be seen to be promoting eating disorders as a lifestyle choice and not a serious mental illness can be dangerous. But I am aware this is a complicated area to legislate in."
<P class=story2>Some sufferers say they feel accepted and understood in the pro-ana groups, Ms Ringwood said. "But there are other places to get support than sites which tell you how to stay ill," she added.
<P class=story2>Deanne Jade, principal of the National Centre for Eating Disorders, said: "It breaks my heart to see this stuff. But I'm not sure how you can police these networking sites."
<P class=story2>YouTube says it relies on users to flag up clips they feel are inappropriate.
<P class=story2>Malgosia Rigoli, a spokesman, said: "We don't censor content, but we will remove anything which violates our terms and conditions."
<P class=story2>A spokesman for MySpace says it can be difficult to distinguish between support groups and those that might encourage eating disorders.
<P class=story2>"We are working to create partnerships with organisations that provide resources and advice, and we will target those groups with messages of support," he added.
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Pro-anorexia rife on networking sites - Historian - 08-11-2007

I love how they crack down on the pro-ana sites, yet child porn runs rampant. Uh huh. And the "pro-anorexia" sites (or "movement") are really more like "not ready for treatment" sites or a place where anorexics can discuss problems without being banned for "triggering". There's more freedom to discuss the problems and issues. It's something I'm intimately familiar with.



Pro-anorexia rife on networking sites - Historian - 08-11-2007

I don't "understand" anorexia at all.  No guy, and I mean none, would like a skeleton for a girlfriend/wife.  And thus from the perspective of pure vanity, anorexia is ridiculous.  Furthermore, most women slightly overweight look between fine and great, as it indicates a healthy body for which to carry and nourish a child.



Pro-anorexia rife on networking sites - HappyWife - 08-12-2007

TheTalentedMisterReid Wrote:I don't "understand" anorexia at all. No guy, and I mean none, would like a skeleton for a girlfriend/wife. And thus from the perspective of pure vanity, anorexia is ridiculous. Furthermore, most women slightly overweight look between fine and great, as it indicates a healthy body for which to carry and nourish a child.

You are in a group with very few members. Most men have either been tricked into wanting model-looking girlfriends, or they wanted it from the start. Most weight loss membership packages in this country are bought by men, for women.



Pro-anorexia rife on networking sites - Historian - 08-12-2007

TheTalentedMisterReid Wrote:I don't "understand" anorexia at all.  No guy, and I mean none, would like a skeleton for a girlfriend/wife.  And thus from the perspective of pure vanity, anorexia is ridiculous.  Furthermore, most women slightly overweight look between fine and great, as it indicates a healthy body for which to carry and nourish a child.

It isn't necessarily about what the guy wants, but what women are told men want.  Look at how popular women are portrayed by media, etc.

I agree with you that meat is for man, bone is for dog, so to speak.  The thing to do is convince young girls about that before they end up dead.  In some cases, anorexia and bullemia can leave young women sterile, too.



Pro-anorexia rife on networking sites - ErinIsNice - 08-12-2007

Eating disorders are not about looking attractive to men anyway.  It's not really about looks much at all.