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Friday Links: The Back-to-School Edition

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Diana Denza, Communications Associate

If you’re in recovery, returning to campus can be stressful. These resources from Proud2Bme, NEDA’s online community for young people, will help you feel prepared to start this semester on a high note. 

Worry Less, Enjoy More: The Freshman Year Survival Guide

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This News Director in Egypt Suspended 8 Female Anchors for Being “Overweight”

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Kaitlin Irwin

The director of a state-run television and radio company in Egypt has fired eight female news anchors for being overweight. Safaa Hegazy’s dismissal of the anchorwomen is a push towards creating a new and “improved” image for the news media company. However, discriminating against people based on weight is an outdated practice that is illegal in most places.

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How to Open a Conversation with Teens About Healthy Eating

Did you know that over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting and taking laxatives? 

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Here’s Why Best Buy’s Freshman 15 Commercial is So Problematic

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Palmer Hipp

In a new commercial, Adam Devine pitches Best Buy’s 6th Gen Core Processor laptop. Devine bursts into a college dorm room, slaps food from a young man’s hand and says, “I did that for your core, the Freshman 15 is real.” Best Buy’s description of the ad explains, “While the Freshman 15 may be hazardous to your core, this 2-in-1 laptop’s 6th Gen Core Processor from Intel is anything but. It’s so amazingly fast, it’s like your laptop got really into CrossFit.” 

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Dear Lesley: How Can I Earn My Parents’ Trust Back After Struggling with an Eating Disorder?

Dr. Lesley Williams is a certified eating disorder specialist, family medicine physician and positive body image advocate. She co-owns Liberation Center, an eating disorder treatment facility, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Williams is dedicated to ensuring that all women and men that struggle with eating and body image issues receive the help that they need to overcome and live happy, healthy lives. Dr. Williams regularly educates other healthcare professionals about the diversity and dangers of eating disorders.

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Friday Links: When Does Poor Body Image Become Something More?

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Diana Denza

From celebrity activism to expert discussions, this week was full of important eating disorder-related stories. Check out our top picks below!  

Fuller House’s Candace Cameron Bure opened up about her experience battling an eating disorder in adulthood. 

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Transforming Eating Disorder Recovery into “Something Pretty”

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Alexandra Bodnarchuk

As a child, I loved running into my parents’ bedroom the morning after they had attended a ballet performance. I would pepper them with questions and dream of the day that I might be able to be on stage like the ballerinas I idealized. 

I pored over fashion magazines. In the grocery store checkout aisle and at the physical therapist’s office waiting for my mom to pick me up, I flipped through pages of long, thin limbs and tips for obtaining the most flattering wardrobe and an ideal body.

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Fitness Trackers for Kids: McDonald’s Dangerous New Marketing Ploy

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Palmer Hipp

Gone are the days of little trinkets and toys in Happy Meals. Yes, that’s right: McDonald’s has replaced Happy Meal toys with “Step-it” activity trackers. It seems that the corporate machine is at a severe disconnect with what health and wellness actually mean. Handing out fitness trackers to children raises many concerns, for tracking encourages calorie counting, dieting and other compulsive, unhealthy behaviors.

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What Working for the NEDA Helpline Taught Me

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Suzanne Brier

Ever since I was a child filling out my father's appointment cards in his home office, I too wanted to become a psychologist. Connecting and helping others always seemed extraordinarily enticing. As a child, I felt that I wanted to save the universe and specifically, I wanted to change just one person's world every day for the rest of my life.

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All Health Apps Are Not Equal

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Palmer Hipp

Technology has enabled us to catch up on the news, watch TV, shop, edit photos, pay bills or even collect Pokémon with just the click of a button. An app store, or software application platform, contains millions of various apps designed to help users perform tasks. Health and fitness apps were among the most popular apps used in 2015, and this isn’t that surprising given the vast amount of nutrition and activity trackers popping up. 

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