pro-ana

adj.
Promoting or encouraging excessive thinness, extreme weight loss, or anorexia. Also: pro ana, proana.
Example Citations:
The group dieting that is relatively ad hoc among friends and sorority sisters takes a more organized form on the Internet, where spring break has become a popular topic on Web sites and message boards maintained by devotees of a controversial underground movement known as "pro-ana," or pro-anorexia, who sometimes identify themselves in public by wearing red bracelets. There are hundreds of pro-ana Web sites promoting and supporting the "anorexic lifestyle," despite aggressive efforts to shut them down by eating-disorder activists.
— Alex Williams, "Before Spring Break, the Anorexic Challenge," The New York Times, April 2, 2006
Pick up any gossip magazine, and you'll find a pic-filled spread. "Stars: Are They Too Thin?" they ask as every pound of weight-gain is breathlessly heralded as "a return to curves." These pictures usually make their way onto pro-ana (that's anorexia-promoting) Web sites, where they're tagged as "thinspirations."
— Mark Ellwood, "Is thin in?," New York Daily News, March 9, 2006
Earliest Citation:
Health experts are calling for a ban on "sick" websites that use skinny stars such as Posh Spice and Kate Moss to promote anorexia as an acceptable "lifestyle" choice.
The so-called Pro-Ana sites offer tips on achieving "beautifully emaciated bodies".
— "Anorexia web fear," Scottish Daily Record, February 14, 2001
Notes:
A similar adjective is pro-mia, which describes people or websites that promote or encourage bulimia.
Related Words: Categories:
The two major definitions of ProAna are based on the two most common populations who embrace the term as an identifying descriptor:
1. Individuals suffering from Anorexia Nervosa (AN) or other restrictive eating disorders (ED's): Commonly, this approach to living with an ED stems from barriers to treatment and a subsequent desire to reach out and connect with kindred sufferers for support. They may or may not be recovery-oriented. Genuine ED sufferers who identify as ProAna embrace the term as PROACTIVE IN ANOREXIA - making the most of their Lives despite their disorder. This group includes those for whom treatment is inadequate, inaccessible or unwanted.
2. Individuals who covet pathology; who emulate anorexic behaviors and WANT to cultivate and celebrate ED's within themselves (aka "wanarexics"). These individuals have taken an historical empowerment motto and twisted it's intended meaning to a literal interpretation (i.e., a disavowal of victim mentality as an empowerment strategy -- they actually believe that "Anorexia is a Lifestyle, Not A Disease." These are individuals who do NOT have ED's but wish they did; those who strive to attain the extremely thin physique exhibited in long-term anorexics; who emulate the eating-disordered practices which manifest in AN patients.
The former are seeking a new approach to living with these insidious illnesses; reaching out when current treatment modalities have failed to help. The articulation of the "Ana Creed" and "Ana Psalm"; "Thin Commandments" and "Letters from Ana or Mia" were intended as CREATIVE ALLITERATIONS; explorations of the ED psyche - they were NEVER meant to be taken literally! This is a critical issue. Wanarexics have embraced these creative works as literal tenets for "how to become anorexic."
The latter are resented by genuine sufferers who know all-too-well that ED's are not glamorous or cool or chic in any way.
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  • Pro-ana — refers to the rejection of the idea that anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder. It is often referred to simply as ana and is sometimes affectionately personified by anorexics as a girl named Ana.Pro ana is a loosely descriptive term rather than… …   Wikipedia

  • Pro ana — Le mouvement pro ana est un mouvement d anorexiques mentales dont les membres prétendent que leur maladie n en est pas une, mais plutôt un mode de vie[réf. nécessaire]. Le mouvement pro ana est le « miroir » d un autre mouvement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Pro Ana — (von pro: für und Anorexia nervosa: Magersucht) und Pro Mia (Bulimia nervosa: Ess Brechsucht) sind Bewegungen von Mager beziehungsweise Ess Brechsüchtigen im Internet. Sie entstanden Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts in den Vereinigten Staaten und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Pro-ana — El término Pro ana es una conjunción del prefijo pro, que significa a favor de , y la unión del término anorexia , que se refiere a un grupo o subcultura que promueve y apoya la anorexia como una elección de estilo de vida más que como un… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Pro-ana — Le mouvement pro ana est un mouvement de personnes dont les membres prétendent que l anorexie mentale n est pas une maladie, mais plutôt un mode de vie. Le mouvement pro ana est le « miroir » d un autre mouvement nommé pro mia pour la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • pro-ana — noun A movement that promotes anorexia nervosa as an acceptable lifestyle choice …   Wiktionary

  • pro-ana — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pro anorexie — Pro ana Le mouvement pro ana est un mouvement d anorexiques mentales dont les membres prétendent que leur maladie n en est pas une, mais plutôt un mode de vie[réf. nécessaire]. Le mouvement pro ana est le « miroir » d un autre… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Pro-Mia — Pro Ana (von pro: für und Anorexia nervosa: Magersucht) und Pro Mia (Bulimia nervosa: Ess Brechsucht) sind Bewegungen von Mager beziehungsweise Ess Brechsüchtigen im Internet. Sie entstanden Anfang des 21. Jahrhunderts in den Vereinigten Staaten… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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