Pro-ana websites aren't just for worshipping anorexic Isabelle Caro. Moms with eating disorders are getting in on the action, reports the blog 5 Resolutions. Claire Mysko writes, "If you're spending your time online comparing yourself to Kate Hudson when she was pregnant ("the kind of mom we see when we look in the mirror") and post-pregnancy ("the kind of mom we want to look like"), there is just no way you will be able to help your daughters and sons develop healthy attitudes about food. It doesn't matter what positive messages you give your kids about weight if you're constantly contradicting yourself with your own behavior." Obviously moms with eating disorders will beget children with eating disorders, and images of skeletal Hollywood women with baby bumps don't help. But what would help? Milla Jovovich can only do so much. [5 Resolutions]
My mother suffered from anorexia and bulimia and did her best not to transfer those ED on my sister and I. However, i remember the emphasis she put on sports while we grew up. I remember her endless diets. And she certainly made a fuss everytime someone would buy us too much candy or give us soda.
I've been obsessed with my weight for as long as I can remember (when I was seven, I got sick, lost a few pounds and remember how proud I was to be underweight). Recently, my mother told me she was proud of raising two girls who're thin... Yes, we're both neurotic, but we wear a size 0. I love my mother, she's a great woman, but she's never managed to go over that weight obsession.
I chose not to have kids because A) I can't imagine being pregnant and piling on the pounds voluntarily and B) I want to keep my obsessions to myself, not hand them over to my potential kids.