Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities
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ANOREXIA AWARENESS TV Commercial - YouTube

Here is a first draft of an anorexia awareness ad that I created to help out my friend with her school project. I would eventually like to redevelop a better...
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1. This television commercial is extremely relevant to my case study as it shows the disturbing reality that is Pro Ana. Through the use of a small girl , this advertisement demonstrates the vulnerability of young people due to distorted perceptions of reality thanks to the media. This is exemplified through the encouraging tips.  

The narrative explains the secretive behaviour that is involved in eating disorders.

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The Dangers of Pro-Ana Communities

The Dangers of Pro-Ana Communities | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
"Pro-ana," short for "pro-anorexia," began as an underground online movement to support the behaviors and attitudes that characterize anorexia nervosa. It's important to know that pro-ana communities do not provide support for recovering anorexics.
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This website is a treatment clinic page called Futures Palm Beach. I think this site is very relevant to Pro Ana as it identifies the dangerous nature of Pro Ana communities. This site is important to my research as it explains that pro-ana communities do not provide support for recovering anorexics, but rather encourage unachievable ideals and harmful eating patterns. 

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'Anorexia blogs nearly killed me': Even when Grainne, 17, was starving to death 'thinspiration' sites encouraged her to lose more weight

'Anorexia blogs nearly killed me': Even when Grainne, 17, was starving to death 'thinspiration' sites encouraged her to lose more weight | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
Grainne Binns, from Dublin, became addicted to 'pro-ano' blogs that told her she was fat and her weight eventually plummeted to below 6st.
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This newspaper article from Daily Mail  follows the story of a 17 year old girl who nearly died from an eating disorder, however thinspiration and pro ana sites were still continuing to encourage her to continue on her path of self destruction by starving herself. 

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PROANA teaser - YouTube

'PROANA' 2013 Short Film. Copyright© Matthew 2013. FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/officialmatthewmusic DOWNLOAD SONG: http://itunes.apple.com/au/artist/m...
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This film is a shocking example of the emotional roller coaster that anorexic people go through. It is relevant as it is raw and shows what people with this illness see vs. what they really look like. 

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MY BESTFRIEND ANA: DIET PLANS

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This site shows meal and diet plans to help people lose weight. I don't rate this too highly on my curator list as there are other websites that are easier to find when research pro ana, however i feel people would definitely utilise some of these sites when looking to lose weight with a disease such as anorexia. Especially those who are pro ana. 

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The rise of pro-anorexia and pro-mia websites

The rise of pro-anorexia and pro-mia websites | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
Type anorexia or bulimia into an Internet search engine and the results will typically consist of help, information and support for people who are suffering from or know someone who is suffering from an eating disorder. Type in "pro-anorexia", or "pro-ana/pro-mia", and a very different picture emerges.
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This site discusses the difference between online searching for information on ANOREXIA  vs. information that can be found for PRO ANOREXIA. 

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Skinny Me tea

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Popular detox tea SkinnyMe tea! The only place to buy SkinnyMe tea online - avoid imitations. Start your teatox today to feel the SkinnyMe difference!
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This is a product thought to help people lose weight. This popular 'teatox' will help people lose weight with its metabolism boosting ingredients. Skinny Me Tea also put up meal plans to encourage people to eat healthy and feel healthy. The progress photos and stories on their site can be perceived wrongly as some people think of it as #thinspo & use the product to dramatically lose weight. This is relevant as the product is available to anyone on the internet and promotes weight loss. 

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Medusa: PRO ANA? SOME MORE THINSPO FOR YOU...

Medusa: PRO ANA? SOME MORE THINSPO FOR YOU... | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
ANOREXIA ANOREXIC BULIMIA BULIMIC PRO ANA MIA BINGE BINGEING PURGE PURGING LANUGO
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This URL leads to a confronting site showing pictures of an extremely underweight female who's veins and bones are sticking out. The title of this site is Thinspo. This is relevant as it deals with the stark reality and deadly consequences ofanorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and other eating disorders, pro ana, self-harm/injury, suicide, and depression

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headspace - Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation

Help and support for young people aged 12-25 at centres, online or over the phone covering mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicide, eating disorder, illness, cannabis, psychosis, depression, substance use, schizophrenia, antidepressant medication, self-talk, problem solving, stress, online chat, LGBTI
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Headspace is a government organisation that helps and supports young people with mental health issues. This page is an information page on eating disorders. It is more of a fact sheet. This site also promotes where to get help if needed.

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Products – frankbody || coffee scrub

Products – frankbody || coffee scrub | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
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This online craze has become such a popular product among young people. The body scrub is believed to minimze the appearance of cellulite and tighten the skin. Many young people obsess with this product as it is a quick and easy way to feel good about oneself. (Placebo effect might also be a big factor with this one!)

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Dying to be Thin: a pro-Ana blog

Dying to be Thin: a pro-Ana blog | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
A pro-Ana blog: One girl"s daily obsession to be thinner tomorrow than I am today.
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This is an example of a Pro Ana Blog. It is personal, graphic and in many ways delusional. One  quote states: Truth - if it tastes good, its trying to kill you. Starve on. 
This was pretty high up on my curator list as it is a very true account of how these people think and encourage each other. It is as though they use blogs and online chat forums to express themselves and almost tell all their secrets to. This was extremely relevant to my research as it demonstrates what a pro ana/mia (anorexia/bulimia) blog is about. 

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Pro-Anorexia Sites Are Selling Bracelets To Promote Eating Disorders

Pro-Anorexia Sites Are Selling Bracelets To Promote Eating Disorders | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
Its makers are making money off of mental illness.
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This is disturbing to say the least. I rate this high on my research curator list as it has raised awareness in the wrong way in that people wear these bracelets to identify other Pro Ana people, so they can become friends and trade ideas, tips and tricks on staying unhealthily and dangerously thin. 

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!..:: House Of Thin ::..!

House Of Thin is the evolution of pro-ana web site forum designed to support those with anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders.
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I found this site horrifying. House of Thin is a pro ana site with links to different areas such as calculators to determine how much pro ana members believe you should weigh (even with height measurements). This is fascinating as the authors are obviously so determined to know everything there is to know about losing weight. This is really relevant as it is a prime example of the sick nature of these fad sites. 

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Thin Intentions: Pro Ana Tips

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Thin Intentions: Pro Ana Tips is a shocking list of rules and suggestions regarding weight loss. This is one of the first websites that comes up when searching Pro Ana. The website has a pro eating disorder tone and encourages people to practise unhealthy and dangerous habits. 

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I'm a Child Anorexic - BBC Documentary Full - YouTube

A Child Anorexic - BBC Documentary Full
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This graphic BBC documentary follows the story of a child anorexic and the trouble in their life due to this illness. Media also play a huge role on the influence of kids & that can be seen in this film. 

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Hunger Point - Movie Full [Anorexia/Bulimia] - YouTube

Hunger Point - Movie Full [Anorexia/Bulimia]
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This is a film on Anorexia and Bulimia and the negative effects that family and associations can have on the mind of young people. 

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Pinterest

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Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.
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I searched the hashtag #thinspo (meaning thinspiration) and this pinterest page came up, showing pictures of thin models, quotes about being skinny and how much better it feels and looks. 

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Ana Religion & Lifestyle

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Thin Commandments 1) If you aren't thin, you aren't attractive 2) Being thin is more important than being healthy 3) You must but clotes, cut your hair, take laxatives, anything to make yourself lo...
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This is a personal Pro Ana word press blog created by a young girl with an eating disorder. This webpage states the 'thin commandments' which illustrate what she personally believes beauty is/ isn't and reasoning as to why this particular young female starves herself. This blog is a perfect example of the twisted views young people have today about body image. It is sad that this is one of the first sites that comes up on google, making it so accessible and easy to find for vulnerable people  as well as those doing research. The nature of these sites are very alarming as the people writing the blogs are interacting with followers through email and instant messaging, encouraging and persuading their audience. 

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Eating Disorders in Australia

Eating Disorders in Australia | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
Eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder have a significant and underestimated impact on Australian society.
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This web page is from the National Eating Disorders in Australia site. It explains the many different types of eating disorders and the interrelation between mental illness and eating disorders such as Anorexia and Bulimia. This page is relevant as it defines and explains disorders and illustrates core information through statistics and graphs for easy understanding. 

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pro-ana songs - YouTube

pro-ana songs - YouTube | Understanding Pro Anorexia Communities | Scoop.it
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This is a Youtube category where people can upload and tag pro ana. These videos are all songs which have eating disorder themes and pro ana messages of encouragement. This is interesting as i didn't realise people would make songs about this kind of thing but it obviously is another way to release information on how to stay thin.
This was not very high up on my curator list as it took me a while to find. Most pages that come up on Youtube are actual personal pro ana blogs with tips and tricks, but this was very interesting all the same.  

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