They oppose the fact that anorexia is an eating disorder or a mental health disorder for that matter. They advocate the extreme measures used by anorexics as a viable way of staying thin, even if they may not be viable ways of staying healthy. To many anorexics, their motto is: “nothing feels as good as skinny feels.” And this has become the mantra of pro-anorexia websites and ‘pro-ana’ groups. These websites and groups not only encourage anorexic behaviour. And these groups also act as support groups for those who choose anorexia as a way of being healthy. They encourage anorexics to stay thin by continuing to adapt extreme purging and dieting techniques. These websites have been criticized by other health professionals and many concerned parents because of the delicate and dangerous message they put across to teenagers everywhere. This paper shall assess several websites discussing anorexia, including some pro-anorexic websites. It shall critique the verifiability of the information they post, including the authority of the Web site. It shall compare and contrast the positions presented by these websites, providing an executive summary of each site. Through this paper, a critical reading and systematic evaluation of the issue can hopefully be achieved by this student.
The website of the National Health Services clearly defines anorexia nervosa as an “eating disorder and a mental health condition” (2008). They also describe anorexics based on their thought processes about eating – that these anorexics think they are fat or overweight no matter how heavy or light they may actually weigh; they also have an intense fear of getting fat and therefore they want to be and to stay as thin as they possibly can (NHS, 2008). And in order to control their weight they eat as little as possible, they make themselves vomit (purging) and they engage in too