Friday, October 06, 2006

I Don't Love Ana and Mia

I don't "heart" ana. I don't "heart" mia. I am not an angel.
I can not tell you how to throw up; I will not provide thinsperations; I can not show you pictures of bones sticking out; I certainly don't have any ana recipes - and I find it very discouraging to see your searches for these terms landing you here on a daily basis. Exactly how big is this problem? The enormity even staggers my frame of reference, and I consider myself fairly educated on the subject. Please find real help, not the kind you will find on friends of ana and friends of mia sites.

For my readers, you will find the comments (which have grown steadily) interesting on Pro Ana and Pro Mia - Still and Pro Ana and Pro Mia.

3 comments:

Yianni said...

It's quite disturbing that there are people that are ASPIRING to be this way.

I'll admit that I can be judgemental about how people look, but I'm just as hard on myself if not worse. But what does it say for our future when young men & women are doing this to themselves(I'm certaint that it's not just women that are doing this to themselves)?

Where does it end?

Candidly Caroline said...

It is men, too. It's still mostly women, but men are catching on, too.
I guess it ends when our culture learns to appreciate curves - like so many other cultures in the world!

Anonymous said...

I was searching for ana recipes (like the kinds of things that taste good but have no fat and almost no calories) when I came across you site. I think that it's a good thing that you put this kind of stuff here. It's really interesting to come across it in one of "these kind" of searches.
I'm fourteen. I was diagnosed with anorexia when I was twelve. Went through some ED treatment for a while... but now I'm having a relapse. I'm barely eating at all. I've lost weight very quickly. I'm having breakdowns at school, and I can't think right like I used to.
Anorexia and bulimia are serious problems. I know that it is a problem in my own life, but it becomes such an obsession that I can't snap myself out of it, I don't even want to snap myself out of it right now. It gives me something to hold on to, something to work towards and something to be proud of. It serves as a distraction from reality.
For anyone who is contemplating trying to get an eating disorder, please, please don't. Just deal with your REAL problems before they manifest into something potentially deadly. I KNOW what it feels like to be starving; it isn't glamourous like a lot of people make it sound.
If anybody has any comments or questions for me, please e-mail me at shadefeather@hotmail.com. If you are starting to feel this way, contact me. I'm confused about how to cope with my own problems, but I can probably give you some advice, tell you some true stories, and help you stop before things get out of control like my eating disorder has. Honestly, it's not worth dying for. It's not worth the pain.