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Below are the 4 most recent journal entries recorded in anorexic dragonconners' LiveJournal:

Saturday, June 11th, 2005
2:59 am
[lil_wyte]
i think i will make like ana_cosplay so i can advertise in multiple communities

CHICAGO - They call her “Ana.” She is a role model to some, a goddess to others — the subject of drawings, prayers and even a creed.

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She tells them what to eat and mocks them when they don’t lose weight. And yet, while she is a very real presence in the lives of many of her followers, she exists only in their minds.

Ana is short for anorexia, and — to the alarm of experts — many who suffer from the potentially fatal eating disorder are part of an underground movement that promotes self-starvation and, in some cases, has an almost cult-like appeal.

Followers include young women and teens who wear red Ana bracelets and offer one another encouraging words of “thinspiration” on Web pages and blogs.

They share tips for shedding pounds and faithfully report their “cw” and “gw” — current weight and goal weight, which often falls into the double digits. They also post pictures of celebrity role models, including teen stars Lindsay Lohan and Mary-Kate Olsen, who last year set aside the acting career and merchandising empire she shares with her twin sister to seek help for her own eating disorder.

“Put on your Ana bracelet and raise your skinny fist in solidarity!” one “pro-Ana” blogger wrote shortly after Olsen entered treatment.

The movement has flourished on the Web and eating disorder experts say that, despite attempts to limit Ana’s online presence, it has now grown to include followers — many of them young — in many parts of the world.

No one knows just how many of the estimated 8 million to 11 million Americans afflicted with eating disorders have been influenced by the pro-Ana movement. But experts fear its reach is fairly wide. A preliminary survey of teens who’ve been diagnosed with eating disorders at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, for instance, found that 40 percent had visited Web sites that promote eating disorders.

“The more they feel like we — ’the others’ — are trying to shut them down, the more united they stand,” says Alison Tarlow, a licensed psychologist and supervisor of clinical training at the Renfrew Center in Coconut Creek, Fla., a residential facility that focuses on eating disorders.

Experts say the Ana movement also plays on the tendency people with eating disorders have toward “all or nothing thinking.”

“When they do something, they tend to pursue it to the fullest extent. In that respect, Ana may almost become a religion for them,” says Carmen Mikhail, director of the eating disorders clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

She and others point to the “Ana creed,” a litany of beliefs about control and starvation, that appears on many Web sites and blogs. At least one site encourages followers to make a vow to Ana and sign it in blood.
Thursday, June 2nd, 2005
3:54 am
[aidsadelic]
I think I love you too. I'm here to save you girl,
come be in shady's world.
I want to grow together, let's let our love unfurl.
You know you want me baby, you know I want you too.
They call me superman; I'm here to rescue you.
I want to save you girl, come be in shady's world.

Oh boy you drive me crazy.

Bitch you make me hurl.

IN OTHER NEWS IT IS VERY SAD THAT NOBODY JOINED THIS SUPER COMMUNITY UGGGGGGH

Current Mood: SUPERMAN
Saturday, May 28th, 2005
11:55 pm
[iran_contra]
If someone were to ask me to choose between cookies and potato chips, I would choose potato chips every single time. Not sure why, but I absolutely love salty foods. At this moment, I'm having a craving for a bowl of chili and some Tostitos with which to eat it. Oh, and a teensy dollop of sour cream on top, just to make it perfect. And some shredded cheddar cheese. YUM!

But I am resisting, and will eat a very healty dinner tonight of chicken breast and some steamed spinach. Damn this diet!!


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Sunday, May 29th, 2005
12:18 am
[aidsadelic]
this community is like dropbydragoncon only WAYYYYY BETTER and is MUCH MORE LIKELY TO HELP YOU lose weight

Current Mood: LOL
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