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pro-ana

adj
(Medicine) of or relating to the belief that anorexia is a viable lifestyle choice rather than a disorder
adj
(Medicine) an internet-based community advocating this view
[C21: from pro- + an(orexi)a]
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"It is important to note that most pro-ana [anorexia promoting] and pro-mia [bulimia promoting] content is posted by people who are themselves suffering from an eating disorder and is not deliberately malicious.
Online "pro-ana" and "pro-mia" sites go so far as to actively encourage and model disordered eating behaviors associated with anorexia and bulimia.
Online boundary work has been also identified in pro-ana communities, online communities that disseminate information about eating disorders, primarily anorexia nervosa, and provide girls and women with a forum to discuss and share information about eating disorders (Dias, 2003).
Pro-ana (and pro-mia/bulimia) is often viewed as an anti-recovery model which challenges the medical and social scientific gaze and explanatory models (Fox et al., 2005) offering a non-judgmental community and support to members who craft a 'pro-ana' lifestyle together (Boreo & Pascoe, 2012).
By providing information on healthy eating and nutrition, the Internet can be an excellent resource for people with an eating disorder; however, you should also be aware of the impact of so-called pro-ana Web sites.
Though searching for the hashtag "thinspo" has been disabled, the criticism stems from the fact that terms like "ana" (short for anorexia and in many cases referring to "pro-ana" behavior) and "mia" (short for bulimia or "pro-mia") still yields (http://statigr.am/tag/bulimia/) thousands of results .
Sarah Spence of the Butterfly Foundation, a national organisation devoted to raising awareness about eating disorders, said in most cases photos and tips posted on such "pro-ana" sites encouraged the worst symptoms.
Unfortunately, apart from such useful pages, sites qualified as "pro-ana" pages also exist on the Web.
Staff there are particularly concerned about the growth of 'pro-ana' websites - addictive online chatrooms that hook young people and encourage them, often causing their eating disorder to spiral out of control.