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It can, yes -- but this is not the sole interpretation. ProAna has many different meanings for different people. ProAna websites vary in their position on the ProAna Movement and in particular beliefs/interpretations therein, as do their members. Most sites are intended as places for people who already have an eating disorder and are seeking support. For many, sites like these are their only source of support whatsoever. Anorexia is experienced as intensely private and personal, and often cause sufferers deep shame. This causes most to endure the rigors of the illness in silence and to take measures to hide their condition until their behaviors and/or wasting physique "out" them to friends and family. The internet affords anorexics the benefit of human connection for two reasons: 1) It affords them a medium in which they have relative anonymity and thus feel safe enough to divulge these feelings; to connect and share with others who also suffer; and 2) it affords them a medium to locate those who endure similarly and thus not suffer alone.

Some sites affirm that anorexia is a lifestyle and not a disease, and this has become the hallmark point of contention on those opposing the ProAna Movement. The truth is that even most of the sites which proclaim this statement recognize that anorexia nervosa is a genuine illness. In this case, claiming it as a lifestyle and a choice can be a means of empowerment and a potent rejection of being victims of an insidious disease. There are those that practice "volitional anorexia," but such individuals typically have underlying eating disordered symptoms and tendencies to begin with, or do not adhere long to the often harsh, ascetic conditions demanded of such a life choice. ProAna advocates generally reject strongly the notion that such sites "recruit" people to become sick; most have recovery information on-site, and most encourage those in danger to seek medical assistance.

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I'm sorry, but WikiAnswers is a site dedicated to educating others. Promoting Pro-Anorexia, or "pro ana", websites (encouraging anorexia, a dangerous and often deadly eating disorder) would not be helpful, and WikiAnswers cannot do that. Thank you.

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Hun I'm sorry but considering anorexia leads to death I think this question is not suitable for WikiAnswers.

Can pro-anorexia website help some eating disorders?

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Which wrist does the pro-ana red bracelet go on?

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How are pro-ana sites triggering?

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I'm sorry, but WikiAnswers is meant to be a place where questions are answered that are there to help or educate or assist a person. Suggesting a website that encourages anorexia (a potentially fatal and life-endangering disease) would not be helping, but would be promoting this dangerous life style.

What is a good pro-ana website?

I'm sorry, but WikiAnswers is meant to be a place where questions are answered that are there to help or educate or assist a person. Suggesting a website that encourages anorexia (a potentially fatal and life-endangering disease) would not be helping, but would be promoting this dangerous life style.

Does anyone now any good pro ana sites?

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