Shocking new research conducted by The Priory Group has revealed that pro-anorexia websites – often dubbed ‘pro-ana’ – are selling merchandise such as bracelets to promote eating disorders.
The site, My Pro Ana is a key example. It advertises its weave bracelet as a product that helps sufferers “meet” other anorexics, and acts as a reminder for them to “stay true” to their diet.
Even more worrying is the fact that the bracelets are out of stock, and there are several reviews published which celebrate the product and its aims.
One review under the bracelet reads:
“This bracelet is worth every single penny. The detail is phenomenal. When I put it on I am constantly reminded that I am never alone and I am strong enough to make it.”
Pro-anorexia websites have boomed with the advancement of technologies and increased access to the Internet. It is estimated there are now between 400 and 500 in existence, with some claiming to have over 2000 members.
A number of studies…Read more