You know what saddens me more than anything? The fact that if I type in the term “anorexic” on Twitter’s search bar the first few accounts the are displayed aren’t the accounts of inspiration ED recovery activists or treatment centers. Instead, you’ll see accounts that post disturbing images of starved young women, pictures of the infamous thigh gap, and profile descriptions tainted with triggering numbers such as goal weights.
The accounts of these users are a part of a widely popular but certainly not new movement known as pro-ana. The dedicated members of this heartless campaign have a single goal, to encourage unsuspecting victims to welcome anorexia nervosa into their lives. It all began once the internet entered the lives of our planet’s people. Pro-ana leaders used the new-found technology to create toxic websites where other sickly individuals could discover tips on crash dieting and hiding weight-loss as well as connect with other fellow dedicated anorexics (which we all know can be an extremely dangerous, competitive relationship).
Although the internet is still infected with these pernicious websites, many website hosts have tried to them. This makes it increasing difficult for these sites to form and destroy the lives of more innocent people. Unfortunately though, many pro-ana campaigners have found they can continue to spread their lethal gospel through social media sites like Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube, and of course the ever-so-popular Twitter without any repercussions.
My question is, “What is being down to end this?” For goodness sakes, those damn accounts on Twitter & other social media sites are promoting death. I know pro-ana believers would say that they are doing nothing but providing “support” to ED sufferers, but they are actually just SUPPORTING A DISEASE instead of encouraging treatment. I honestly think it’s time to end this madness and I plan to send a letter to Twitter asking them to stop putting the lives of others at risk by allowing these accounts to exist.