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Pro Ana as a Sub Culture

When an eating disorder borders on becoming a cult

Genevieve Martinez

on 6 November 2013

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Transcript of Pro Ana as a Sub Culture

From body disorder
to sub-culture
to cult...
Warning: This presentation contains images that may trigger body disorders. If you find the topic upsetting, please leave with our sincere apologies, this is not our intention.
The Etic Perspective:
The Emic Perspective:

It's all about perspective
Rites of Initiation
Post your picture
Ask for criticism
Connect with a Pro Ana "friend"
Constant posting and searching

Join the cult of Goddess Ana
Shun the Unbelievers or Bury them in Hate mail
Worship Goddess Ana
The Thin Commandments
1. If you aren't thin you aren't attractive.
2. Being thin is more important than being healthy.
3. Do anything to make yourself look thinner.
4. Thou shall not eat without feeling guilty.
5. Thou shall not eat fattening food without punishing oneself afterwards.
6. Thou shall count calories and restrict intake accordingly.
7. What the scale says is the most important thing.
8. Losing weight is good/gaining weight is bad.
9. You can never be too thin.
10. Being thin and not eating are signs of true will power and success.
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