Internet Users- Support Groups for those with Eating DisordersPosted: October 4, 2011
For the Practicum assignment I was assigned to look at internet users in different support groups. After much debate I decided it would be interesting to look at websites that are support groups for those that are suffering from the eating disorder anorexia. Now, to take it a step further I thought I would compare websites, blogs, and forums that are support groups that offer a place for those with anorexia to go to get better and have a safe place to discuss their experiences and blogs that are known as pro-ana websites. These are sites that encourage girls to have eating disorders and express the idea that being thin is the ideal. They often give tips on how to eat less and burn more calories and post pictures that they call “thinspiration” to inspire girls not to eat. I have attached a link to a website that does a better job at looking into what is entailed in a pro-ana website.
I have requested to join both a website that supports girls with eating disorders and one of the pro-ana site to help get a better grasp as to the strategies used on each site and what type of users inhabit each. Hopefully they will get back to me soon and actually let me observe their communities that they have created.
For now, the following is a picture of the entrance to one of the pro ana sites. As you can see, there are many pictures of
extremely thin individuals to help “inspire” these girls to stay thin.