Refers to a sub-culture of individuals, mainly on-line, who believe that being anorexic is a lifestyle choice rather then an eating disorder/illness that requires treatment. The term is often shortened to "ana". There are various online organizations that differ in their stances but most maintain that they exist to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for individuals with anorexia to turn in order to discuss their illness, situation, and support those that chose to leave and seek recovery. Some deny that eating disorders are illnesses and discourage individuals from seeking treatment, provide tips and strategies on how to hide the symptoms, alter weight or engage in symptoms, i.e. tricks for avoiding eating around family members, ways to alter your weight at doctors appointments, how to dress to hide weight loss, etc. There are many dangers associated with individuals with eating disorders going to such sites or being involved in such organizations:
Keywords: define pro-ana eating disorder
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