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British Politician Gives Blood to Fuel Anorexia Research!

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Christina Colon, Communications Intern

British Member of Parliament, Brooks Newmark, was just 17 when he endured anorexia nervosa. He surely knows that overcoming the disease takes not only mass amounts of support, but research to help understand the dynamics of such a crippling eating disorder. Fortunately, the newly appointed minister of the Civil Society has recently donated his blood to a study that seeks to collect 25,000 samples from those who have suffered, by 2016.

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B.E.A.U.T.Y

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Nikki DuBose

Since we tend to hear the word beauty used so much nowadays, I want to share what beauty is to me. I wrote an acronym for B.E.A.U.T.Y which stands for “Being Eternal Always Unique Truly Yourself.”

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Do You Know the Truth behind Today’s Health Fads?

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Laura Johansen

In today’s society, there is a plethora of diets and health fads that take the media by storm. Some are short-lived like the Atkins Diet, while others stick around like gum on a telephone pole. But all-to-often the diets in the media focus on avoiding or restricting certain foods or engaging in behaviors that we cannot maintain long-term. Even more confusing, popular diets and trends can contradict one another, and we bounce around like ping pong balls trying one fad and then another.

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Hats Off to NEDA's Junior Board!

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Caitlin Hamilton, Media & Communications Manager

NEDA’s Junior Board is made up of nine passionate individuals who are dedicated to making strides in the fight against eating disorders. These individuals have pledged to assist the work of NEDA as both advocates and fundraisers. Their major fundraising event of the year, called Striking Out Eating Disorders, was held June 5th in New York City at Frames Bowling Lounge.
 

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What High School Students can Learn from Mia

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Christina Colon, Communications Intern

Mia is a lot like any high school student, but after hearing an unpleasant remark about her body, she resorts to dangerous extremes that begin to worry her classmates. She starts crash-dieting and over-exercising. She develops a dangerous eating disorder.

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Finally! US Government Asks Tough Questions about “Miracle” Weight Loss Drugs

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Caitlin Hamilton, Media & Communications Manager

Weight-loss diet scams are “a crisis in consumer protection,” said Senator Claire McCaskill in a Congressional hearing this week on false advertising. The Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance, led by McCaskill, convened the hearing to “examine the deceptive advertising and marketing practices of weight-loss products and their effects on American consumers.”

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Legislative Victory in New York!

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Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

The New York State Senate and Assembly have passed S2530/A5294, legislation that amends the public health law to establish the Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention Program within the New York State Department of Health.

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Congratulations, Lynn!

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Caitlin Hamilton, Media & Communications Manager

Last night, NEDA’s President & CEO, Lynn Grefe, was honored by Women’s e-News (WeNews) as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Lynn was specifically recognized among the 21 leaders as one of the Seven Who Speak Across our Generations – leaders who are dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls.

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Writing About a Significant Relationship Can Lead to Writing in Circles (But a List of Steppingstones can Straighten Things Out)

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Carolyn Jennings

In my monthly writing group (we call ourselves the Journalistas), I led three other writers and myself to list the Steppingstones of our marriages.  I think of Steppingstones as milestones.  I've heard Kathleen Adams, author of Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth, define them as before-and-after moments in that, looking back, you can see that something changed distinctly as a result of this Steppingstone event.

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