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I got diagnosed with my eating disorder at the age of nine. I remember playing tag in the schoolyard with my friends and running around because I wanted to lose weight. I remember throwing out food in class. By the age of 10, I had already invented lies about food allergies. The disgust I felt towards my body developed during a period of abuse.

Examining men’s engagement with the proana community can provide insight into how Pro-anorexia websites promoting eating disorders need better regulation in magazines’ and drive for muscularity in dating and non-dating young men.

Just one month after Tumblr banned content that “actively promotes or glorifies self-injury or self-harm,” Pinterest has updated its terms of service to prevent users from pinning content of a similar nature. This is the second update Pinterest has made to its terms of service in the past week. Pinterest now expressly forbids any content that “creates a risk of harm, loss, physical or mental injury, emotional distress, death, disability, disfigurement or physical or mental illness to yourself, to any other person, or to any animal.

To read the Terms of Service in full, click here. Pinterest users have the media to thank for the update. Blogs including Jezebel have done much to spread awareness of pro-anorexia and “thinspiration” boards, where women with eating disorders exchange motivational images and tips for making themselves unhealthily thin. Despite the update to its terms of service, Pinterest seems to have done little-to-nothing to edit out the pro-anorexia content.

A search for one of the most popular related tags, “thinspo,” yields thousands of pins of thin, scantily clad women: some arguably healthy, others not see above. Thumbnail courtesy iStockphoto MarsBars. We’re using cookies to improve your experience. Find out more. Entertainment Like Follow. Reps from Pinterest could not be reached for comment.

TikTok Is Filled With Pro-Eating Disorder Content, Despite Its Own Rules

I have heard of pro-anorexic sites that are simply that. However I was wondering, are there any sites for the girls who are anorexic to date? Weird question, I know, just came up in my head today.

Anorexia nervosa is a devastating illness that affects up to 1 percent of young women; however, symptoms of anorexia including significant calorie restriction and.

TikTok’s “For You” page serves up clips from literally anybody — and users say they are being exposed to videos that glorify eating disorders. Scrolling through TikTok’s For You page one night, Lily was shown videos of people eating ice chips, sleeping all day to avoid eating, and fasting for days. The San Francisco-based teen had previously lived with an eating disorder, and she found this content triggering.

Some people chimed in with their own experiences of seeing proana content, while others spoke positively about seeing eating disorder recovery videos. Almost all of them agreed on one thing: content about eating disorders is all over TikTok. The app’s community guidelines ban videos that “promote eating habits that are likely to cause health issues”, specifying pro-anorexia content or that which encourages dangerous weight loss behaviours.

Yet videos that show people uncritically displaying or joking about these behaviours are rife. Users and experts say the platform’s visual nature and algorithm have created an environment that can be particularly harmful, particularly for those who have eating disorders. TikTok’s For You page is a limitless feed of videos recommended by an opaque algorithm based on the user’s interactions.

What separates For You from Instagram or Twitter’s main feeds is that the algorithm will serve videos from anyone on the platform, and not just accounts followed by the user. This means people can be surprised with videos about eating disorders even if they are deliberately not following anyone who regularly posts about such disorders, or about weight loss or diets.

Anecdotal evidence from users says TikTok’s For You Page increasingly shows content about eating disorders after they watch just one video on the topic. This was Lily’s experience.

Call to get tough on eating disorder sites

Why are there no anorexic dating sites? Look as I might I could not really find any, it would have been easier to find a needle in a stack of needles than find a boney lovers dating site. Have you ever come across any, out of curiosity?

To date, only a handful of studies have explored pro–eating disorder sites, and these content analyses have considered fewer than a dozen sites. These studies​.

I find myself in a similar situation to another OpenDNS user, trying to help his daughter recover from an eating disorder by blocking access to the many different types of proAna, and other pro eating disorder websites. Like the previous user, it took me just a few minutes to hit the 25 maximum domains, there are hundreds if not thousands of these webpages that promote the eating disorders, which can and have killed people.

Did a support ticket ever get raised to this problem, and is there anything we can do to expedite development of a category that would block or at least limit access to these types of pages? New categories can be suggested at the bottom of this page. And according to this blog , this falls under the Tasteless category, and related sites are found there already. So you know what to block now.

Actually it looks as though I already had ‘Tasteless’ filter on. It doesn’t seem very effective, many of the pro-ana sites load without restriction. The process of domain tagging and approval seems to take quite a while, and will not always get an approved block; what one finds unacceptable another may not etc. I understand that it’s a community activity, but I need some fast results – other than turning the internet off in our house, not a very practical solution.

Best is you go for local content filtering if you have so specific requirements. Blocking with the hosts file is very effective and a good starting point.

Donna Air used on eating disorder ‘pro-ana’ websites

Many of these groups have a loyal following and share tips on how to lose weight through severe calorie restriction and other habits. These habits can paradoxically be healthy for individuals who need to lose weight, but unhealthy for those with anorexia. Pro-ana groups can be a way for you to find a community of people living with anorexia. In your everyday life, it might be hard to find people who share similar feelings about their weight and body image.

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Eating disorders are on the rise, and pro-anorexia sites only act to encourage dangerous behaviour. Research published this week found to websites which promote anorexia and bulimia, each receiving thousands of hits every day. We’ve seen and heard enough about ‘pro-ana’ websites to have a fair idea of what they are. You may even have visited them out of curiosity or even as a ‘user’.

I’ll spare the detail because part of the problem is that in reporting on this subject, many publications go a few steps too far and actually give away the absurd, stupid and often dangerous tips and messages that these websites unashamedly dish out to vulnerable visitors. It seems completely illogical for a ‘journalist’ to report on the extreme dangers of these websites and the behaviours that they encourage, only to illustrate their piece with images taken directly from the ‘thinspiration’ galleries of those websites — but somehow, many do and see no problem in or consequence of doing that.

I have always worried that bringing attention to pro-ana websites could be detrimental and actually provoke more people to visit the sites. I do know from my own research as much as I absolutely loathe to look at these sites that there seems to be an increasing demand on whoever runs these sites to provide visitors with both female and male ‘thinspiration’.

It’s safe to say this is something which clearly has an impact on both sexes. I have always been adamant that pro-ana sites do not cause eating disorders and found for the most part that most people I know who have or have had an eating disorder claimed not to have visited these sites; many not even having heard of thinspiration or any of those ridiculous quotes that go alongside them.

Eating disorders: Pro-ana websites and thinspiration photos almost killed this teen