Dr Oz: Pro-Ana Website Advocates: Amanda & Britney


Dr Oz: Anorexic Websites Advocates

Dr Oz spoke about Pro-Ana Websites like PrettyThin.com that encourage women to be Anorexic, plus he gave advice on getting treatment for Anorexia at a place like Shades of Hope Treatment Centers.  But you know that Dr Oz likes to cover both sides of the story.  So, Doctor Oz was joined by 2 young girls who were advocates of those websites that were pro-anorexic. Dr Oz heard their stories and tried to steer them from this lifestyle by showing them Janice and Lynn, 2 older women suffering from the disease.

Dr Oz: Amanda’s Anorexia Story

Amanda was a 20-year-old who was headed down the path of anorexia.



  1. Kim says

    Dr. Oz’s portrayal of Pro-Ana was shamefully inaccurate. In fact, the description of eating disorders was inaccurate as well.

    An anorexic doesn’t need “tips” on how to lose weight. A person of 163 can starve every day and still wouldn’t be Anorexic (if they aren’t just crash dieting, they would be EDNOS). A person who is overweight and hating their body is very different from a person who is underweight who is unable perceive their body correctly. These are just a few of the many, many mistakes implied by this article and this episode.

  2. Lauren says

    @ Kim – actually, the new DSM has finally (and thankfully) been changed so that you don’t have to be underweight in order to be classified as anorexic. Technically, according to the old DSM even if someone was underweight, if they hadn’t lost their period, then they could not be classified as anorexic. Now they can be defined as anorexic and so can someone like me who is 300 pounds but literally goes for weeks and weeks eating nothing. Being unable to perceive your body correctly is really body dismorphic disorder and OFTEN goes hand-in-hand with eating disorders, but is not necessary to have one (including anorexia). I’ve known a lot of girls in treatment that can look at themselves in the mirror just fine, but can’t stand the number on the scale. The problem is assuming that an anorexic has to be underweight. It’s just not true.

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