During lunch hour, I usually watch The Price Is Right. I sometimes flip over to Dr. Oz during the commercials. A few days ago, I did that and Dr. Oz introduced us to a whole subculture out there. I knew about anorexia but never knew that there are websites advocating this behavior. The call themselves Pro-Ana websites. In addition, surprising to me there are many of them. These websites give tips and provide a community for like thinkers.
I realize that not all websites are trying to help people and are self-promoting. They are taking a serious problem and helping people accomplish it. It does turn your stomach to see the images of anorexic people, mostly young women.
I’m not a Doctor of Psychiatry or food disorders counselor. I’m sure there are reasons for this behavior that makes sense to those involved. They call it a disease. These websites are promoting disease instead of treating it. Reading some of the blogs, they are very passionate about their cause and are not readily open to impassioned pleas to stop their insanity. The end of the road is death. It is a slow suicide.
There are some anti-Pro-Ana websites out there also. Even some Pro-Ana websites caution people about obsession to depression. That’s the result of not eating. Your brain goes berserk and your body will soon follow.
From my perspective, it is one more example of super selfish behavior. You have to realize that someone loves you and unless you know the God of love, you will never receive unconditional love displayed in Jesus on the cross. Once you know that God, the One who created you for a purpose, loves you more than anyone could love you, then you can love yourself and realize your purpose here. For the world, that is foolishness. But for those who want freedom from every abnormal disorder, it is the answer.
Just remember there are websites out there who are not helping people. We can’t control that, but we can learn where to get good help when we need it.