We Have A Serious Problem. . . A Must Read
There seems to be a growing trend with these postings on this group looking for ana buddies. Lets address this issue.
Ana buddies is an oxy-moron. Buddies, or friends, don't encourage each other to destroy their health and injure their bodies. Real friends encourage you to get help for yourself, they remind you that you're human and imperfect and that is perfectly okay. Real friends don't encourage you to hurt yourself. A real friend would be horrified at the thought that someone else was suffering, especially if they themselves suffer. The concept of such a thing, an ana buddy, is dangerous and absurd. It is also against the EP community guidelines and it is not acceptable!
If you want to lose weight, for health reasons, consult a nutritionist, your local doctor, and a fitness trainer. They can help to give you the tools you need to achieve your goals in a realistic time fr
I have had anorexia for most of my life. Lord knows, i've suffered. I've seen people die and i've seen people so emaciated that they looked as if they were auditioning for a role in some film about the holocaust. It's sad, and its real. I know that anyone who is suffering with anorexia or anyone who has suffered in the past would not encourage these Ana-Buddy relationships. I don't mean to say that anorexia should be a solitary battle, friendship is an important aspect in mental health and having friends that understand your anguish is invaluable. However, a friend that understands would not encourage you to harm your body. They may be there to say, 'I understand what you're going through,' or to say, 'i've been there myself, *hugs*', but a real friend--a real buddy that understands anorexia first hand would never encourage anyone else to binge, starve, or self-harm.
I've started going through the boards and flagging every post that is inappropriate.
As stated in your community guide lines: there are to be no pro-ana groups. Although this group is not pro ana, many of the users posting on these boards are contributing to a pro-ana environment here on EP. (This particular user is under age and is endangering themselves by posting an ad for an ana buddy on EP).
"No Child Harm Groups: Topics advocating ideas that have been shown to be directed to, or directly harmful to, children are not allowed and will be removed when they are reported (e.g., pro-anorexia groups)."
I think this group is valuable and should exist. However, currently, it is operating largely against the community standards set fourth by EP. We need to be more responsible as a community and take a stand. Please, help us clean up these boards by flagging posts that are against the community standards of EP. Children and users under 18, it is against the community standards to post anything that contributes to the pro-ana movement.