HuffPost Live on Pro-Ana

I was initially hesitant to do this interview because I don’t think that publicizing these websites is necessarily a good thing (I know many people who first started visiting pro-anorexia sites after hearing about them on TV). That being said, ignoring an issue never works, so there you have it.

I think the interview went really well, all things considered. You can see my dorky Santa teddy bear coffee mug at some point, I believe.

{{Note, there is some talk of rather low calorie diets. If that sort of thing bothers you, then I would advise not watching it.}}

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8 Responses to “HuffPost Live on Pro-Ana”

  1. Dear Carrie
    I like your blog.

    Interesting interview. I’m sure that it is ok talking about this stuff as these groups do not exist anymore. The Fist of rage days takes us back to the very earliest pro ana days on the net. This was a bit before my time but i have friends who used the internet back then around 1999 and they were on groups like that during that time. The membership i was told largely consisted of people who had severe ed’s. Going by that interview you were around then.

    Back then these groups could be pretty exclusionary and really you didn’t get people saying that they wanted to get an ed on those particular type of groups. Of course as well though they were not really recovery focused at all. A number of these groups were invite only and people were very selective with who they invited, really ed sufferers only.

    Oh and i found an article about pro ana sites and had to just see what it was all about myself, it was sort of a rebellion also against treatment.

  2. Nice job, Carrie. Loved your emphasis on the sooner the (evidence based) treatment, the better.

    Most ed sufferers are, by nature, people-pleasers, not people-haters. The ed within them, however, is a different story- and pro ana sites allow the ed to come out and speak freely and without shame- it gets stronger and more dominant within the person without “normalcy” to temper it- and this, I am sure, contributes to the overall societal misconception of eds as a “choice” and sufferers as “vain” “stubborn” and etc.

    I got into pro ana in a desperate attempt to prove I did NOT have a disorder, ironically- no, I am not disordered, this is a CHOICE- I was frantic to be validated, understood, and not confronted anymore. My therapist turned me to your site and I found here the validation and understanding I was craving, but with the truth of my struggles that I also needed, whether I understood I needed that or not.

    Anorexics are so painfully lonely. They feel like they don’t need anyone/anything except their disorder- they believe and feel this- but a human can never totally escape the deep need for connection- that is why pro ana sites are appealing, if nothing else. Your site is a healthy alternative- providing understanding and community but with a solid base of truth and health as a foundation. It has been a life-saver for me.

  3. Great advice to the commenters question posed at the end of the video. Nice job!!

  4. I agree with all of the above comments…fabulous! And brave. And informative.

  5. I think this is incredibly smart and refreshing. Thank you, Carrie, for having the strength and courage to address this issue. Like with many eating disorder topics, it sometimes seems easier not to talk about things, but it only makes things worse.
    Thank you for inspiring me everyday. You are amazing!

  6. Is this my old “friend” from Scotland? In recovery and into.behavioral science research as well. Hope its you. If you want any extra findings from my research… (as I come to it..) Love and neurosis, little one.

  7. Is this my old “friend” from Scotland? In recovery and into.behavioral science research as well. Hope its you. If you want any extra findings from my research… (as I come to it..) Love and neurosis, little one.

  8. It is so hard to find positive environments/pro-recovery ED forums/groups. I had to stop attending the local, which wasn’t that local, ed support group and found that I was triggered more then getting healthier. As a result it has become very difficult to continue to heal, which is why I’ve started a blog. I’ve learned that the more I talk the better I become. Good luck on your journey- thanks for mentioning this stuff in your interview- and I will continue to follow.