This blog was inspired by the Faces of Meth website. Just as that website shows pictures meant to shock and scare and educate the public about the very real side of meth, this site is to show the scary and very real threat of another public health risk- Pro-Ana sites and communities.
Wikipedia says, "Pro-ana refers to the promotion or support of anorexia nervosa as a lifestyle choice rather than an eating disorder. It is often referred to simply as 'ana' and is sometimes affectionately personified by anorexics as a girl named Ana."
It goes further to say, "Members of these support groups often:
* Compete with each other at losing weight, or fast together in displays of solidarity
* Commiserate with one another after breaking fast or binging
* Advise on how to best induce vomiting and use laxatives
* Give tips on hiding weight loss from parents and doctors
As an encouragement to further lose weight, members often exchange 'thinspiration' (or 'thinspo'): image or video montages of slim women, often celebrities, who may be anything from naturally slim to emaciated with visibly-protruding bones."
NEDA (The National Eating Disorders Association) "actively speaks out against pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites. These sites provide no useful information on treatment but instead encourage and falsely support those who, sadly, are ill but do not seek help."
We agree with this outlook, and thus, we present this site. We hope it does shock and scare, as Pro-Ana should be a grave concern, but also informs.
Welcome to Faces of Pro-Ana. Each post, we will take pictures posted on pro-ana websites by the members themselves. Some are posted as "progress shots," intended to show weight loss. Some are posted as motivation. All are posted by them members, of the members. (We do not re-post pictures of other people the members post as "thinspiration" or "reverse thinspiration." We only post the pictures the members choose to post of themselves.) If they disturb you, that is their intended purpose. These are the faces of the Pro-Ana movement.