n African Journal of Psychiatry - A new generation of eating disorders - not only for girls : patients as partners - brought to you by The South African Depression and Anxiety Group

Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Ana. Mia. Manorexia. Thinspiration - all words associate with the growing social culture of Eating Disorders among adolescents and young adults worldwide. Eating disorders have become a way of life, a sub-culture, kept aflame on websites dedicated to a destructive new movement called 'Pro-Ana.' In this article we will take a look at the growing trends of Pro-Ana and Pro-Mia (slang terms for "pro-Anorexia/Bulimia") among young people, and how this culture is re-enforcing Eating Disorders, and destructive behaviours, within the teen communities. Although the word "teen" is used in this article, the term also encompasses young adults below thirty-years-old.

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