Thursday, September 29, 2016

*My Opinion on Pro-Ana Websites

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These websites need to be shutdown before anymore damage is done. I believe there should be a fine if a Pro-Ana website is reported. These websites are encouraging people to kill themselves by denying themselves the nutrients a human being needs, no matter the age or maturity of a person and the mental health.

This website encourages Anorexia. This website lists rules an Anorexic person may feel the need to follow to continue after their goal of losing weight and being "perfect". In my mind, "perfect" is an impossible image. I had the want to be the perfect body size, the perfect weight, to fit into anything at the store, I wanted to be able to pick out my prom dress and not stress about whether or not I was going to fit into it. I realize now, how unhealthy the want for a "perfect" body image is. Pro-Ana websites encourage young adults, or even older adults, to push themselves to be underweight, to be thin, to be unhealthy. An Anorexic mind may not realize that they are slowly killing themselves. "Nearly 30% of patients had relapses following hospital discharge, prior to clinical recovery." John Wiley and Sons Inc.

This is another Pro-Ana website that encourages others to follow this "lifestyle". Anorexia is not in fact a lifestyle as many are lead to believe. Anorexia is a disease and a very dangerous one at that. "178 deaths in 3,006 subjects"The American Journal of Psychiatry.

Again, this is not a lifestyle, this is a disease!!! Please don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Anorexia is extremely unhealthy and fatal in a majority of it's victims. I don't think the younger age group understands the downside to Anorexia. Anorexia can lead to heart-failure, brain damage, infertility, the shut down of major body systems, and even death. Anorexia is a serious situation that needs to not be romanticized by these websites, the difference between my blog and these websites/blogs is that I am trying to bring awareness to the consequences and the true danger of the disease. Pro-Ana blogs and websites are romanticizing and creating a fantasy world of this, they are promoting Anorexia, they are encouraging it. They are giving rules to follow, suggesting an Ana Coach, they are giving you tips on how to hide your eating disorder. The one thing these websites are not providing, are true statements of the aftermath of your eating disorder. They are hiding what it will do to you. They are ignoring the truth of their problem.

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post about the truth and dangers of Pro-Ana websites.

~Anorexia Hotline

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Reliable Information About Anorexia

     Most of my information on this specific Eating Disorder (ED: Anorexia) has come from the listed website. A few things this website covers are signs, symptoms, and effects." Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person is obsessed with weight, body shape and food intake to the point of self-imposed starvation. Anorexia symptoms frequently develop over a period of years in women and men with certain genetic, emotional or life-experience predispositions. Anorexia most often develops in young women during the teenage years, but increasing reports cite symptoms of anorexia and other eating disorders in pre-teen girls and boys." This website is credible because it is a Treatment Program Center.
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     If you need any help with your eating disorder, or with a loved one's, please visit this website and consider your options of  admitting to a hospital. This website provides you with an address, a website, a phone number, and an are code of the hospital it is promoting in Sacramento, California. " Eating Recovery Center, California’s treatment center located in Sacramento, is designed with patients, families and referring professionals in mind. In Sacramento, patients explore the eating disorder recovery process in a warm, spacious, therapeutic environment on a private, lush campus backing onto the American River. Dedicated spaces for adult and adolescent programming feature spacious group rooms, a comfortable cafĂ©, an art room, a culinary classroom and inviting common areas that support connection among the patients in the milieu."

     Or if physical help is not available, please consider calling the hotline listed here. This website also gives you the ability to text a "NEDA", a National Eating Disorder Associate. On this website, it gives you international helplines and websites and numbers you can text to get the help you need.

  • "Call our toll free, confidential Helpline at 1-800-931-2237
  • Click to chat with a NEDA Helpline volunteer
  • For crisis situations, text "NEDA" to 741741 to be connected with a trained volunteer at Crisis Text Line
We are here every  Monday-Thursday from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EST). Our helpline volunteers will be there to offer support and guidance with compassion and understanding. Special thanks to the 4 Girls Foundation for their support, which enables NEDA to extend our Helpline Hours."

~Another Anorexia Hotline

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Why I chose the subject of Anorexia for my blog:

     I chose this blog subject to try and bring awareness to how serious Anorexia is. Having known someone who had dealt with Anorexia and watching her struggle was heartbreaking for me. She ended up in the hospital due to heart failure, after trying to revive her multiple times, she succumbed to her illness. Hailey was just 14 years old, having passed away a week after her 14th birthday. If I can gather someone's interest and raise awareness in time, other such as Hailey may be able to get the help they need in time.

What my blog includes;

     My blog includes important facts, details, websites, side effects & symptoms of Anorexia, as well as support for anyone who is struggling. There are names and places of hospitals and hotlines meant for depression, Anorexia, etc. Please, do not be afraid to reach out for help, for yourself, a loved one, or even someone you may know such as a classmate. There is no shame in asking for help.

My hopes for the impact of my blog:

      My goal for my blog is to raise awareness and help others come to realize for themselves or others, there is no shame in asking for help. I understand what it feels like to feel completely alone and that's not something I would wish on my worst enemy.

~Anorexia Hotline