My Princess Ana, Fragile Innocence: The cutesy names disguise the dark agenda of pro-anorexia web sites and message boards. On these sites, "Ana" means anorexia and "Mia" is bulimia. For many, "Ana" is a friend or enemy they all have in common. Pro-anorexia web sites are controversial -- providing "
This isn't about any teenager: Wives, new mothers, professional women, and empty nesters are developing eating disorders. Women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s are showing signs of anorexia or bulimia. The problem often begins so subtly that neither she nor her family realizes what's happening, ex
Nov. 12, 2001 -- Wendy, 22, has struggled with anorexia for more than a decade but has no immediate desire to recover from the condition that could one day kill her. Though she says she wouldn't wish the eating disorder on anyone, Wendy adds that "for myself and many others, there's a need to hold o
Jan. 15, 2001 -- This is how Eve Vance spent much of her high school years: binging and purging during the day, and locked in a closet at night so she couldn't get to the refrigerator. Her mother, a first generation Chinese-American, locked her up because she thought her daughter's extra five to 10
May 1, 2000 (Corralitos, Calif.) -- Five million Americans suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Most of them are young women and teenage girls, although about 5% are male. Eating disorders can have devastating effects on health. As many as 1,000 girls and women die each year f
May 1, 2000 (Corralitos, Calif.) -- For years, parents of anorexic girls have been told to avoid arguments over food and give up their failed fight for control over their daughters' bodies. But when Claire and Bob Donovan walked through the doors of Children's Hospital of Michigan with their bone-th
Feb. 21, 2000 (San Francisco) -- Thirty-one-year-old Michelle Gil, of San Antonio, Texas, is an actress and former beauty pageant participant. Her Sophia Loren lips, mocha-colored skin, and to-die-for cheekbones turn heads, as does her lithe 5-foot-6, 130-pound frame. Gil works hard at keeping trim