Fans of Wolverine are getting impatient. The movie won't be out until May 2009, but already the fan attention is dwarfing some of the current releases like The Incredible Hulk (which I give 3 stars out of 5), and Iron Man (which I give 5 out of 5). The fan fuss about the eventual Avengers movie (due out 2011) is good too, thanks to the appearance of Nick Fury in Iron Man, and Tony Stark appearing in The Incredible Hulk (and presumably more appearances to come in Thor and Captain America).
But despite the fuss about the Avengers and other comic book movies either currently out or waiting to come out, Wolverine fans still seem to out do and out shout all the others combined. Something about Wolverine tends to bring out the obsession more than other characters. (If Wolverine was marketing a cologne, Obsession seems suitable.)
In addition to Wolverine, there is also plans for:
Punisher: War Zone 2008 Iron Man II 2010 Thor 2010 Captain America 2011 Spider-Man IV 2011
Meanwhile in the DC universe (home of Batman, Superman, etc), as opposed to Marvel (which includes X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four and more), there is plans for:
The Man of Steel 2010 The Flash 2010 Green Lantern 2010 Wonder Woman 2011 Justice League 2011
Devoted fans of all of these must be foaming at the mouth, but I'd like to point out that out of all the Marvel and DC comics, only 1 of these movies has a woman as the hero. Apparently She-Hulk and othe female superheroes just aren't popular enough.
Cross your fingers guys and gals, she's big and green and kicks butt.
I say to such a person will feel like I am preaching to them. Like
talking to a smoker who doesn't even want to quit, or an obese person
who loves eating/being lazy and has no intention of changing their
habits. What could I possibly say to someone pro-ana that would change
their way of thinking?
Its not just psychology either, its bio-chemistry. The endorphins
in an addicts brain are wired to react whenever a person feels pleasure
while eating, laughing, during sex, etc. A pro-ana person has come to
enjoy their feeling of starvation, self-loathing, all the attention
people pay to their physical appearance. Its this weird paradox of body
paranoia that feeds on the positive and negative responses to their
(and society's) warped sense of beauty.
When a person reacts negatively, it raises the pro-ana's adrenaline
levels because they get angry, and because rage can be an enjoyable
experience it can trigger the endorphins as well (see rageaholics for
example). When a person responds positively it will cause feelings of
self-satisfaction, pride, etc. Even if a person responded with a
nonchalant "don't care" attitude, that would still be an affirmation of
acceptance, which again triggers the sense of pride and the release of
So any way I responded to a pro-ana would cause the release of
endorphins. If there was a perfect way to deal with such a bizarre
mental condition I'm certain psychologists and doctors would be
treating anorexia and curing it quite quickly, but there isn't.
There's also the binge eating, which gets into another whole
complicated set of feelings... wanting to be normal, to be accepted,
but its a conflicted state of emotions and afterwards many anorexics
"purge" (vomit up everything) to get rid of the food they had just
One can hope that negative responses, and perhaps isolation from
the thin-obsessed mass media, would eventually trigger a mental switch
in their brain that says "it's okay to be an average/healthy weight".
There are studies into pills that can block the release of
endorphins, not just for anorexia, but also for obesity, gambling
addiction, heroin/cocaine addiction and a variety of other mental
conditions... but the problem is that the blocking of endorphins can be
just as hazardous, leading to depression and potential suicide.
Many pro-ana people also report being suicidal and even attempting
suicide. How do you talk to a person who is suicidal? Its a very tricky
matter. You have to do two basic things: #1. Give them something to
live for. #2. Strike fear of death into their hearts.
For a pro-ana person what is there to live for beyond their
aspirations of being ridiculously thin? I'd argue that hobby-therapy
would be a good place to start. Painting, drawing, writing, singing,
performing... give them something to express themselves. Clay-modeling
for example might be especially useful because it makes them realize
that a structure needs more substance if it is to stand properly, in
addition to being both tactile and sensually pleasing to both the eyes
So what should a person do? Provide negative feedback, be nonchalant
or applaud her choice of "lifestyle"? Clapping in admiration would be
like hammering in the last few pegs of some poor girl's coffin.
I'm all for showing a person kindness and mercy, but there are also times when you have to use tough love.