Growing Online Movement Encourages Eating Disorders and Teaches Young Women to Cheat The Scales

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There is a disturbing increase in the number of online resources targeting teenagers and young women. This “pro-eating disorders” movement promotes eating disorders as a valid lifestyle choice and teaches women specific strategies about how to hide their eating disorder from their families, friends and doctors.

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There is a disturbing increase in the number of online resources targeting teenagers and young women. This “pro-eating disorders” movement promotes eating disorders as a valid lifestyle choice and teaches women specific strategies about how to hide their eating disorder from their families, friends and doctors.

Bulimia and other eating disorders are a serious health issue and physically life threatening diseases.

Research with internet tracking tool wordtracker.com indicates that at least 2,709 searches a day are conducted on pro-eating disorder terms on Google alone.

“Tens of thousands of searches a month are carried out looking for these sites and there are plenty of results to feed the demand,” explains Mark Dobryniewski owner of BulimiaHope.com. Mark uncovered the trend while doing research on internet traffic to reach out to women seeking bulimia help.

People who look for certain terms like promia, "pro mia", "pro bulimia", proana, proanna, "pro ana" or "pro anna" will find over 84,000 results in Google alone.

Mark explains, “Many pro-bulimia sites have moved underground. By that we mean that even the most powerful search engines do not index them and so can't be found using general search terms. Like any underground culture, it has its own vocabulary, symbols and code phrases.”

Also, these statistics do not include other search engines, blogs, forums, chat rooms or unlisted sites.

Teens are particularly at risk. Recent celebrity disclosures don’t help. Teens are impressionable and these stars are role models for millions of fans. The fans’ adoration literally creates their celebrity.

The disclosure of an eating disorder in a celebrity like Lindsay Lohan creates a PR sensation. Glamorous images are pushed into the mass media by PR machines and photos are posted allover the internet. More clamor and adulation result - what is the lesson from this? Does it make eating disorders glamorous?

Internet (for all its well documented woes) is a tool. Though it is easy to find inaccurate even dangerous information, it also delivers valuable life saving information and services.

A new website BulimiaHope.com combats this growing global problem with leading edge solutions.

It’s necessary to put good information into the hands of these people with eating disorders. Qualified online resources provide reliable, usable information, positive support, privacy, community empowerment and hope.

Vathani Navasothy, one of the founders of Bulimiahope.com says, "Life is challenging enough for most of us without the added complication of people preaching bulimia is a good thing! This is why it is crucial we focus our attention on providing a service that delivers both in the short and long term, give valuable & appropriate guidance and above all give our clients the confidence and belief that they can beat bulimia which is reinforced by knowing they are working with leading professionals in the field of Eating Disorders."

A recent client shared, "I feel full of wellbeing and now look forward to the future - it made me realize that I am not the only person in the world to suffer from Bulimia - thank you - you have changed my life!"

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Vathani Navasothy a leading Eating Disorder Counselor and registered expert with the National centre for Eating Disorders; has been providing high quality Bulimia Treatment Programs to individuals since 2001. To take the ultimate bulimia quiz visit http://www.bulimiahope.com

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