Her name was Katie
Author: Auty

Chapter 19
Pro-ana

It seems weird without Katie at school. Not only is it quite lonely, but it's strange not having someone to look out for. I wonder what Katie is doing right now. Is she eating? Has she put on any weight yet? I know it's only the first week but she still might have gained. But I know, deep down that even if she puts on weight, she'll just lose it all again when she returns.
I check her Facebook profile and see she still hasn't been on. I look at her profile picture, the happy, healthy, glowing Katie and wish she could go back to being that person. How could she have changed so much in just 5 months? I think back to her quoting those things from pro-ana sites. I then find myself typing into Google search, Pro-ana. A whole list of sites come up and I click on the first one. A pink home page comes up with a quote right at the top. It says,
'Anorexia isn't a disease, it's a lifestyle'.
I look at the different categories it has and click on 'Thinsperation'. A lot of pictures come up on skinny women and captions underneath. I read all the quotes and comments, absorbing what it is telling me. By the end of it, I want to go on a diet and starve myself like these people. I quickly snap out of it and realize how easy it is to become obsessed. I can now see why Katie is like she is. It's like another world.

 

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