Promoting better health in Tampa

October 19, 2012 by  

Eating disorders are serious conditions that mainly affect young girls, who some believe to be unduly influenced by media images of women. Last Saturday, October 13, a group came to Tampa, Florida, addresses these problems.

An organization called is offering an alternative to potentially harmful websites that encourage bulimics and anorexics to continue with their behaviour, and is bringing its inspiring message to Tampa.

Claire Mysko is the manager of the online community, which encourages ‘healthy recovery’ from eating disorders. The organization is studying the sites that promote anorexia and bulimia to see how they can create a positive alternative to counter the messages that eating disorders are something to be shared and encouraged. Mysko and others held their free Proud2Beme summit at the University of South Florida in Tampa on Saturday, October 13, 2012.

Attendees heard from speakers involved in taking action against pro-anorexia, or ‘pro-ana’ sites as they are known, and found out how they can stand against tactics that bully people into these destructive behaviors.

Mysko stresses that it can be very damaging to hear people make derogatory comments about a person’s weight, or body in general, and encourages people to use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to speak out about this form of bullying.

To follow up on its summit, could consider getting brochure printers to create material discussing eating disorders and offering positive alternatives to ‘pro-ana’ websites. They could also print flyers for future meetings that explain the organization and its position on these issues.