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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418437956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418437954
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,527,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eda R. Uca has been immersed in the online eating disorder underground for over two years. She is trilled to be sharing her investigative work with the public and hopes that it will help break through the isolating misinformation which enshrouds the members of the online eating disorder community. In the future she looks forward to illuminating the position of other underrepresented groups as a means of bringing their cause to the forefront of mainstream society. She lives in Long Island, New York with her family.

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This book was a disappointment.
D. M. Gillespie
This is a very good book for anyone that may know someone struggling with an eating disorder.
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She provided a rationale for not pushing these sites underground or trying to shut them down.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By crazy4books on July 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
I rarely hate a book, but this book was a total waste. It is written in a huge type - the actual content is nothing more then a short essay. It wastes a large section on "surveys" of girls that are on "pro-ana" websites that are meaningless and offer no insight. The information is nothing but a small bound collection of stuff you can read for free on the internet. It offers no insight on the "pro-ana" phenomenon - it merely takes from these websites and prints the information out. If someone is really curious about such websites, they can read them for free online. This book is nothing more then copies of posts and short "essays" from public websites - there is hardly any new or original information.

I'm not sure what this book's intended purpose was - was it to have a "guide to the internet" for anorexics? Or was it a portrayal of a potentially dangerous "club" for eating disordered people?

It's literally a 20 minute *very* amature read full of no new information and it's almost no original content.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Shaw on March 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this book. It states on the back cover that "This book does not promote eating disorders", yet the contents are basically what you'd find on any pro-eating disorder website. It is perhaps a useful book for those studying the nature of anorexia, or who want to find out more about the "underground community" but it is definitely not for anyone trying to recover from an eating disorder because some of the information is very triggering.

The book is neatly divided up into sections including posts from a pro-ana email group, a "dictionary" of code words and the "ana Creed". There are also some detailed surveys and stories from pro-ana's.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Quinn on November 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you love to nurture your eating disorder, by all means get this book. It's completely triggering and delightfully helpful in encouraging you to hold on to habits which will pave the way to an early grave.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Bradley on November 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
DO NOT waste your money on purchasing this book, or waste your time on reading it.
It is FAR from an "essential guide" to anything ED related- "pro-ana" or not.
It's simply a bunch of copy-and-pasted random messages, posts, self-created "quizzes, etc. from websites and message boards of girls who believe they can "give" one another anorexia. My 8-year-old niece could have written this.

Sorry. But you can't just CATCH a mental illness. If the author is writing an "essential guide" to this sub-culture, then - at the VERY least - the author should have the intelligence to know that mental illnesses aren't contagious, nor are they a choice. The author is in no way a professional of any kind. There is little psychology, next to no sociological perspectives included, and does nothing to bring this sub-culture to the forefront.

This book is nothing more than someone incredibly ignorant about the truth and reality of eating disorders, attempting to capitalize and prey upon those who truly do struggle with food, body and weight issues.

I am disappointed that this book was even allowed to be published.

If you're looking for an INTELLIGENT book that truly captures the essence of life with an eating disorder, by an author who actually has knowledge and experience on the subject, read "Eli's Wings" by Elizabeth Best; "The Invisible Girl: A Father's Heart-breaking Story of the Daughter He Lost" by Peter Barham; or "TO DIE FOR" by Carol Lee -- among others.

Good luck!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on March 15, 2011
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ANA'S GIRLS: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THE UNDERGROUND EATING DISORDER COMMUNITY ONLINE, says on it's cover that it is the only book to fairly present both sides of the anoexia story. In the diaries, lists, and interview questions, the young women inteviewed are pesented, not as total victims of a disease and/or society's
"evil" praising of extreme thinness --but as individual persons, some of whom are happy with their anorexa -- othess who are not.

I learnt an amazing thing from this book. That anorexics often have as HARD a time staying away from favourite foods as the rest of us do! For many of them, it's not "food is poison", but "I don't want to eat food because too much of it is bad for me...yet I still crave...." In the lists of many of them, they list THE favourite foods they have the most deifficulty staying away from!

I imagine this book was self-published -- or made to look that way. It is all in typewrite, double-spaced font, and the pages are full of honest opinions, secret opinions, and real hopes and fears.

Yes, this CAN be consdiered a "Pro-Ana(rexis)" book -- but it also presents some of the girl's fears about their eating disorder. It IS a "fairly presented" book.
Most other books are TOTALLY down on anorexia nervosa -- considering it an evil on the level of the Black Plague, ALS, or Leprosy. But unlike most other ailments, anorexia, (and bulimia and overeating), give their "victims", at least some measure of comfort. Or so it appears from the words in this book...

A long time ago, I read a book entitled, "It Is Your Life". I forget the author -- but hope to find it again on Amazon. It is a health book, with good advice, and charming and knowledgable illustrations.
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