Thinspiration: n Photographs or other material intended to provide inspiration for anorexia nervosa, under eating, over-exercising and being underweight as a lifestyle choice.
I was clued into thinspiration a few months ago by a teen intern. She explained to me, “Girls who really want to be skinny look at pictures of other skinny girls to inspire them to eat less or work out or to continue to be hungry and skip meals.”
A quick Google search of thinspiration brings up a ton of websites, images and videos mostly teen girls have made to support the ‘ana’ lifestyle. ‘Ana’ is shortened version of anorexia nervosa.
It is very important for parents to be aware of this behavior. I highly recommend parents keep tabs on the kinds of websites, pictures and videos teens are watching. Many of these types of videos would not flag parental control softwares or be blocked under Google Safe Search because there is no nudity or inappropriate content. However, these images, this behavior and more importantly, this internet subculture is extremely damaging. The Ana and Thinspiration websites encourage and normalize disordered eating.
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