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.