I am a girl raised by doctors, so my whole life I have been trained to be very health conscious. I mean I had never had a chocolate chip cookie until I was 6 years old. Now, I’m older and I know the importance of eating right and exercising, especially when we live in a world where obesity is such a big problem. So you can imagine how offended I was when one of my close friends told me, not once, but twice that I must be “pro ana” because of my lifestyle.
There’s no way I could have been pro ana since I literally had no idea what it was. What I’ve gathered is that is basically is an online community of people who are pro- anorexia. You know, those people who post pictures of unbelievably thin, almost emaciated, people with comments like “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
I understand that my friend might be frustrated with me. I kind of get a little health crazy at times. And I do have a lot of food guilt, but only when I’ve seriously overeaten. But to call me pro anorexic because I enjoy working out daily and trying to be healthy is just too much. I was offended not only because this came from one of my close friends but also because now I feel like I have to stop being my health-loving self around her and my other friends. And I hate feeling like I can’t be myself around people.
Anorexia is a serious disease and I don’t understand this community of people who are trying to support them. If anything they need to support them in getting better, not supporting the unhealthy habits they’re creating. Telling me that trying to attain a healthy lifestyle is “pro ana” is seriously annoying and I needed to vent about it so there tumblr.