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Proud2Bme On Campus - It's Here!

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Shirley Wang

I am so excited for the launch of Proud2BMe On Campus! Eating disorders are a growing concern on college campuses nationwide, and as a Counseling and Psychological Services Peer Educator at my college, I am aware of the potential difficulties and stigma attached to seeking help. But despite the difficulties, I truly believe, based on personal experience, that early intervention and professional treatment are critical for anyone struggling with an eating disorder.

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Mod Cloth Makes Moves to Improve Advertising

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Lily Katsova, Communications Intern

Popular fashion retailer ModCloth has decided to take a stand against unrealistic fashion advertisements.  As the first company to sign the “Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge,” they have made a voluntary vow to no longer use overly photoshopped models on their website or in their ads. The company is also pledging to use models of all sizes and ethnicities, sell clothes in a wide variety of sizes, and listen to feedback from its customers.

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Music Speaks: The Latest Beauty Revolution/Revelation?

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Christina Colon, Communications Intern

Every song carries a message, and many artists have been relaying an important one: Embrace your imperfections. With this new wave of hits exploring the implications of idealized beauty, listeners are being urged to dismiss society’s demand of obtaining a “perfect’ appearance. While this definitely calls for celebration, one must wonder, what exactly sparked this outbreak of empowering anthems?

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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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