Wanarexia idiosa

This was originally written to make a parody of people who were trying to become anorexic. I have decided to keep it for the sole purpose of allowing people to reference it in their communities or to use for discussion. Not to anger people; not to hurt people's feelings.
If someone has sent you here, telling you that you have WI, do not become angry with me. I didn't say it, so don't act like I hurt your feelings. I just wrote this.

Wanarexia Idiosa is a mental illness. Like all mental illnesses, it has a specific criteria that must be met in order to receive diagnosis.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of People who Really Suffer from Anorexia Nervosa lists this specific criteria (for 'anas' on livejournal) as follows:

Onset is usually at any age and affects females 100:1 over males. Prevalence in young women on livejournal who claim to be eating disordered to lose weight is up to 100%. Most will have constant episodes of binge eating or purging. Wanarexia is not a life-threatening disorder, most people relapse and recover once they lose up to a healthy, normal, goal weight, or once prom has arrived.

Diagnostic Criteria
Early signs may include extraordinarily low comprehension level, joining pro-ana communities, increased sensitivity to the truth, sudden increased interest Mary-Kate Olsen, creation of 'thinspiration journals', white boards that call anorexia nervosa 'ana', statements such as 'WWMKD?' [What Would Mary-Kate Do?], or increased binging.

  1. Refusal to accept non-anorexic body weight, i.e. over BMI 17.5.
  2. Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even though in normal weight range or already overweight or obese.
  3. Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, or denial of the seriousness of the current high body weight.
  4. Long-term goal weight that keeps one at a low normal body weight.
  5. Belief that diets will help oneself. Examples of such diets include: Negative Calorie Diet, Sacred Heart Soup Diet, Chocolate Diet, Apple Diet, Ana-Atkins Diet, 2-4-6-8 Diet, Mono Diet, Chicken Nugget Day Diet, etc.
  6. Engaging in overexercising, using methods such as brushing teeth four times per day, sleeping, and standing while eating.
  7. Taking photographs of oneself while contorting body and changing contrast to convince self and others that they are in fact anorexic and pale when they are clearly not, given body weight, height, and age.
  8. Belief that anorexia nervosa is a culture in itself and that red bracelets are a must to demonstrate 'ana sisterhood'.
  9. Suddenly telling friends and family that one is 'ana' or 'mia' or both to ensure people actually notice that one is eating 4 cheeseburgers less than usual.
  10. Wanting to lose weight for sexual reasons or to spite others.

No treatment is possible to convince people suffering from WI that they are not anorexic, unless the treatment includes brain replacement.

Associated Features

  • Paranoia [especially that people are noticing one's 'ana' after one has told them about it]
  • Cyberchondria
  • Bigorexia or Reversed Body Dysmorphia [seeing self as anorexic or underweight even though one is not]
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder

American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed.). Washington,
DC: Author.

~ http://www.somethingawful.com/articles.php?a=2720&p=4
~ http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1081711
~ http://www.facetheissue.com/anorexiamovie.html
~ http://www.dailyramblings.com/ramblings/720.php
~ http://www.livejournal.com/community/ed_ucate/172424.html