While medical professionals recognize anorexia nervosa as a disease, there are people that are trying to have it recognized as a choice. One of the reasons that anorexics are the way they are is that they feel a sense of control when they go without eating. Other things anorexics feel as a result of going without food is euphoria. While anorexia is interpreted differently by people, it is getting a lot of attention.
Anorexics use pro-ana sites mainly to discuss their issue. They are also there to support those who want to get into recovery. There is a little bit of discussion as to whether or not anorexia is a mental illness. Some people claim that it is a choice of lifestyle. They only ask that families and doctors give it respect. Whether anorexia is an illness or a lifestyle choice depends on the person who is suffering from it. Even though they are trying to pass it off as a lifestyle choice, the mortality rate of this condition is higher than other recognized psychological disorders.
Among the things that people do on pro-ana sites include sharing tips for crash dieting, run weight loss competitions, and share ways to refuse food in a socially acceptable manner like saying that you are a vegan. Other things you can do are suppress your hunger pangs.
The sites often have a welcoming atmosphere. As long as you are there to provide support or share your experiences. The only way you'll get hostility is by being a member who starts a problem. Casual dieters who join with the intention to cause an eating disorder to lose weight will face ridicule. One of the names that they are called is wannabes or wannarexics. Otherwise, anorexics will find a friendly and supportive atmosphere in pro ana sites on Facebook.