Eating Disorders and the Internet

The Internet is a great source of information for those struggling with eating disorders to find help, but it can also be host to sites, which encourage eating disorder behaviors and attitudes. These sites are known as Pro-Ana, Pro-Mia, and Pro-ED, which stands for Pro-Anorexia, Pro-Bulimia, and Pro-Eating Disorders.

These terms are used as a navigational tool for those seeking out such sites. These sites provide instruction, motivation, and a false sense of community for those engaging in unhealthy and dangerous eating disorder behaviors. Pro-Ana information can be found in a range of places, including blogs and social networking sites.

It is important to have a critical eye when viewing websites promoting weight loss and to only go to reputable sources, as many eating disorder messages are hidden within their content. For those at risk, even a little exposure to such messages can be harmful.