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12:33 am - LiveJournal and Eating Disorders
Hey guys,

Some short background info:
My name is Jenny, and I'm a junior psychology/anthropology major at Wesleyan University. I'm doing research for my Eating Disorders seminar on the role of online diary communities in eating disordered individuals. I would greatly appreciate your participation if you would like to help me by answering any or all of the following questions.

1. Would you say that you have an eating disorder?

2. What role does this community (LiveJournal) play in your eating disorder (eg; do you come here for support of the disorder, support of recovery, inspiration, etc;)?

3. How often do you post to this community?

4. What do you typically write about?

5. What have you learned through your involvement with this community?

6. What are the positive and negative effects, in your opinion, of this community?

7. Any additional comments/questions, please feel free.

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 10th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
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I post and read to many blogs. I'm looking for information I find valuable or to post links on subjects such as Eating Disorders (http://www.ugwoot.com/index.php/Learn_About_Eating_Disorders) that think would be of value to others
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From:girlwithagun
Date:April 10th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)

hope this helps...

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1. Would you say that you have an eating disorder?
yes

2. What role does this community (LiveJournal) play in your eating disorder (eg; do you come here for support of the disorder, support of recovery, inspiration, etc;)?\

phew - that's a complicated question. most days livejournal has as much to do with my eating disorder as what shoes I wear. on bad days I look for support of recovery, on really bad days I look for support of the disorder and inspiration. I tend not to interact and talk about it on here a great deal because I'm not comfortable talking about it. I don't want to encourage others in this disease, nor do I want them to specifically know I have it. I browse the site in search of information on those days - but I rarely write about it.

3. How often do you post to this community?
I post to livejournal in general on a sporadic basis. sometimes I post every day or several times in a day, others it may have been a week or two depending on what's going on my life.

4. What do you typically write about?
whatever is on my mind at the time; including but not limited to, political rants and activism, blurbs about my day to day life, emotional rants, abstract poetry, random stories, and funny thoughts.

5. What have you learned through your involvement with this community?
I've learned a lot of random things, actually. I tend to haunt communities within LJ and pick up various bits and facts. as for things in relation to ED I can say for sure that I've learned how popular and trendy it is to be fucked up... and how many younger people are caught up in self destructive behaviours. I've also found information on behaviour modification, books, and other theraputic resources aimed at healing these issues.

6. What are the positive and negative effects, in your opinion, of this community?
I think the biggest positive about this site is the ability users have for making friends accross the globe. it's comforting to find others with simillar problems, no matter how different you might otherwise consider yourselves. the endless oportunities for meeting new people in the thousands of communities here means that even those who have extreme anxiety problems can still feel as though they interact and communicate with people. the abundance of information available for teaching people (such as graphics, computer, and other help communities) is a wonderful resource.

the biggest negative, in my mind, is the drama. large amounts of people on one web site and absolute freedom leads to an awful lot of extended bullshit. unfortunately, if you're already having a horrible day, that drama can really send you into an emotional spiral.

7. Any additional comments/questions, please feel free.
I don't think livejournal is all that different from any other bulletin board/blogging/community site on the web when it comes to eating disorders. people who have them and are deep into it will find ways to congregate and "thinspire" each other, regardless of where that may be. those who are seeking help and healthiness will find that.
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From:motodraconis
Date:April 10th, 2006 08:30 am (UTC)
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1. Would you say that you have an eating disorder?
No and I never have had one, nor ever had any tendancy to one.

2. What role does this community (LiveJournal) play in your eating disorder (eg; do you come here for support of the disorder, support of recovery, inspiration, etc;)?
This community - Busst? I don't consider Busst an eating disorder community, to me it is a place to celebrate the female form in all its incarnations, with a focus on health and feeling beautiful whatever your form - not food or eating.
As for livejournal in general? I come to LJ for art, humour and contact with chums. I am not interested in the slightest in whining about my looks, weight, clothes, make-up etc or other surface fluff. I avoid such journals as dull and trivial. We are women, but we are more than our looks. Really.

3. How often do you post to this community?
In Busst - sporadically, and usually to lampoon or rant about the foolishness of media in it's depiction of the female form.

4. What do you typically write about?
In Busst, see above. In my own journal - art and humour posts, ranting (but only if I can make it funny,) taking the piss out of myself. (Like I say, I don't have an eating disorder, and talking about my own body image strikes me as dull, but then I have a good body image of myself.)

5. What have you learned through your involvement with this community?
There are some cool people on this community, some who's strong and above all-positive and assertive attitudes I can appreciate. It's gone a bit dead recently, and recently seems to be focusing on eating disorders, honestly, I don't consider Busst to be an eating disorder place, it's losing it's way. It should be a cool place to come if you are recovering, but as a place to relish the female form, to be immune from media hype and foolishness, to focus on beauty and fitness and all shapes and sizes for their own sake. Not a place for focusing on food, diets or obsessing about food and disorders. This should be a positive place, not a negative place.


6. What are the positive and negative effects, in your opinion, of this community?
See above.

7. Any additional comments/questions, please feel free.
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From:lilbabynobody
Date:April 17th, 2006 01:45 am (UTC)
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1. Would you say that you have an eating disorder?
I would consider myself to be "in recovery," since eating disorders are similar to other addictions in the sense that they often lead to a lifetime of altered perceptions about food and body.

2. What role does this community (LiveJournal) play in your eating disorder (eg; do you come here for support of the disorder, support of recovery, inspiration, etc;)?
In general, I come here to share recovery stories and try to help inspire other girls and young women to work toward their own health and happiness.

3. How often do you post to this community?
BUSST? Not often enough, considering I'm the moderator and founder (along with
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1. Would you say that you have an eating disorder?
I would consider myself to be "in recovery," since eating disorders are similar to other addictions in the sense that they often lead to a lifetime of altered perceptions about food and body.

2. What role does this community (LiveJournal) play in your eating disorder (eg; do you come here for support of the disorder, support of recovery, inspiration, etc;)?
In general, I come here to share recovery stories and try to help inspire other girls and young women to work toward their own health and happiness.

3. How often do you post to this community?
BUSST? Not often enough, considering I'm the moderator and founder (along with <lj-user="br0k3nsoul">. In LJ, it's off and on. Sometimes, I post several times a day, but I've also gone more than a month without posting on more than one occasion.

4. What do you typically write about?
Whatever's in my head, whatever's happening to me, things I find interesting.

5. What have you learned through your involvement with this community?
This community (BUSST) has taught me the incredibly polarizing nature of the female body. It's up there with politics and religion, as far as the fervor with which people will defend their beliefs.

6. What are the positive and negative effects, in your opinion, of this community?
While many communities on LJ claim to be "anti-ana," or otherwise against eating disorders, there are very few where you can get real information. As someone said above, it's "trendy to be fucked up," and people would rather be cheered for admitting to the problem or owning their choices, so the real information--the hard facts--get shouted down in favor of the "support" so many of these girls want.

On a more positive note, I love being able to meet new people, some of whom have wonderful things to say about so many subjects. I think, if you find the right people to associate with, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

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