There is an issue I have recently come across that clearly needs addressing: What does Pro-Ana mean?
The way the word is used makes it seem that the PRO in Pro-Ana can be interpreted in many ways. There is a difference between being 'pro' Ana, and simply dealing with Ana. In an early, and eventually inconclusive, series of e-mails I had with "Elise" (pseudonym), she initially told me "the term "pro-Ana" has evolved among the eating disorder community to mean something much different than the general public thinks it does."
For some (but not as many as one may think), it seems that pro does not mean 'positive' or 'promoting' - rather the eating disorder is simply accepted in ones life and lifestyle. This means that individuals may or may not identify as 'pro-Ana' while still participating in the community.
From what I am gathering, pro-Ana means that Ana is present. Whether Ana is something that 'empowers' or 'pains' an individual, Ana is confronted and discussed online. Pro-Ana also seems to be a broad category of community, under which many individuals fall whether or not they identify as 'pro-Ana' but who may simply be dealing with an ED and expressing this aspect of their individuality online.
I also want to say, if anyone wants to add to my understanding of the PRO of Pro-Ana please comment!