Day 24: How do you feel about the terms pro-ana and pro-mia?
I actually had to look these terms up because I had never heard them before, and now I’m feeling pretty sickened by the concepts. For those who don’t know, they are the promotion of anorexia and bulimia (hence ‘ana’ and ‘mia’) — the promotion of eating disorders is disgusting, no one should ever have to feel so sickened by their own bodies that they resort to avoiding eating or purging what they do consume. We need to understand that happiness will come more from being and feeling healthy than it will from feeling skinny. Why does the media put such damaging concepts into the minds of young, impressionable women? We’re basically told from youth that we need to be skinny in order to be pretty. But let me make sure you also understand, skinny women face just as many challenges when it comes to feeling confident about their bodies.