This documentary primarily focuses on the existence of Eating Disorders amongst teenagers worldwide. Although this is not a new
development, in recent years the increase in popularity and availability of the Internet has brought about a new 'culture' to which
these troubled teenagers are subscribing - this 'culture' is that of the 'pro-anorexia' or 'pro-ana' movement. These clubs and groups
are often given pet names, such as Ana or Anna (anorexia) and Billy or Mia (Bulimia), and supporters use e-groups and clubs to
post messages of support to like minded friends who support and understand their eating habits.
In response to recent negative media attention about this growing 'society', I aim to produce a non-biased and factual account giving
opinions from both sides of the argument. I aim to understand and perhaps validate the reasons why young teenagers feel
compelled to visit and belong to these groups. This documentary will include statistics about the typical age and background of the
members, and also interviews through which I hope to gain a better understanding of the motivations of these people. I will also
investigate claims about these sites' 'recruitment' of new anorexics and potential positive aspects of their existence. I also aim to
investigate recent claims by the media that these sites are detrimental to the health of young teenagers and that they are a danger
to society and should be regulated or shut down.
I aim to investigate:
Existing media articles, which are:
a) Promoting the pro anorexia movement
b) Against the pro anorexia movement
Internet sites which are:
a) Promoting the pro anorexia movement
b) Against the pro-anorexia movement or are recovery based.
I will observe existing pro anorexia groups and gain an understanding of the concerns and motivations of members. I also aim to
contact a wide range of members from different backgrounds and with their permission compare statistics of members to try and
find common ground and establish a link between members which might explain their desire to belong to this group.
I will also contact the service providers which host these clubs and gain their opinion on the existence of these groups and find out
whether they have any intention of perhaps removing or moderating sites and gr...
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And perhaps in a way she is right. No one can make these sites disappear and no one can stop an anorexic starving him or herself
unless they actually want help. At the end of the day, the sites are only a symptom of a larger problem, and the Media can demonise
them all they want but they will not make them disappear. As long as the media portrayal of thin being beautiful is maintained, so,
experts fear will these Internet sites.
 Bloomfield, Steve, Eating Disorders Association
 Martin, Claire, The Denver Post
 Cosmopolitan UK magazine, February 2001 edition
 Found on Anorexic Nation
 Image kindly reproduced with the permission of ‘Diet Pepsi Uh huh’
 Information courtesy of S.C.a.R.E.D.
 From Anorexic Nation, Secret Society
 Statistics from Claire Martin, Denver Post
 Statistics from http://clubs.yahoo.com/proanorexia
 Pinhas, Jean, Eating Disorder Professionals of Colorado,
 Brown, James, 2000
 CAPEDS, 2001
 Email interview which I conducted with Silent Chaos (See appendix)
 Courtesy of http://www.time.com/
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