pro-ana

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Short for pro-anorexia.

Noun[edit]

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pro-ana (plural pro-anas)

  1. A movement that promotes anorexia nervosa as an acceptable lifestyle choice.
    • 2006 December 5, Christine Dunford as Shelley Ford, “The Nutcrackers”, Boston Legal season 3 episode 10:
      Pro-ana is not a disease, Mr. Crane, it's a lifestyle choice.
  2. A member of this movement.
    • 2004 October 27, Eda R. Uca, Ana's Girls: The Essential Guide to the Underground Eating Disorder Community Online, AuthorHouse, ISBN 9781418437954, OL 8467390M, page 69:
      Beyond celebrating the aesthetic value of thinness, pro-anas claim that thinness is a reflection of excellence in other areas of one's life.
    • 2009, Avis Rumney, Dying to Please: Anorexia, Treatment and Recovery, edition 2nd, Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, ISBN 9780786453917, OL 23186553M, page 25-26:
      But juxtaposed to a caveat about the life-threatening nature of anorexia is often an avowal of the pro-ana's goal: to help anorexics in their quest for the "ideal" (emaciated) body.

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