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Hello, everyone! Self-care has been a major theme across the web these past few weeks and the topic doesn’t show any signs of stopping as we delve into this week's eye-catching news headlines.

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The modern-day term ‘body mass index (BMI)’ was first established in a medical paper published in 1972, as a “relative weight index of general obesity. ” Since then, healthcare professionals have used it as a tool to categorize individuals as underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese based on the amount of tissue mass (muscle, fat and bone) the individual possesses. 

Recently, many groups and individuals have been fighting against the use of BMI as a screening tool, particularly as it has become more commonly used in the school system.

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Happy November, everybody! Below are this week’s noteworthy news headlines from across the web. 

Why “taking time to check in with yourself” is vital to self-care. 

What is the difference between short-term and long-term self-care and how can this knowledge help us combat mental illness? 

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Can you believe that it’s the last Friday of October already? Check out another week of important news headlines below. 

This past Wednesday, NYC community members came together to raise mental health awareness in a stigma-free space through the power of quilting.  

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Happy Friday, everyone! Welcome to another week full of important news headlines.

Monday, October 17th, was declared the first-ever National Body Confidence Day (#PerfectlyMe) by Seventeen magazine as much-needed awareness for early access to mental health resources for school-aged children continues to be on the rise.

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It’s common knowledge that the diet industry profits off of women’s insecurities. This month, Weight Watchers took the shaming into the bedroom with its WW Black campaign in Australia.

The infamous weight loss company sent out promotional light bulbs with a message reading: 

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Hi everyone – Steph & Tori, NEDA Communications interns here! It’s National Bullying Prevention Month and today, we’d like to discuss bullying and weight-shaming in schools – a huge epidemic in today’s modern society. Bullying about weight and size stirs up negative emotions and can lead students to form a negative body image. Unfortunately, negative body image often plays a major role in triggering disordered eating and full-fledged eating disorders among pre-adolescent and adolescent children. 

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Chase Bannister is the founder, senior vice president and chief strategy & clinical integrity officer for Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders in a gender-diverse and inclusive environment. He is credentialed as a certified eating disorder specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and is a licensed clinical social worker.

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This week was bustling with important mental health news. Monday, October 10th, was World Mental Health Day with the global community getting the word out about resources available for those struggling with mental health issues and sharing ways to combat stigma. Also, for those of us taking midterms, it’s a pivotal time for self-care when we feel like we don’t have time for it. 

Check out the headlines we dished out below! 

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I have a love-hate relationship with “women’s interest” magazines. Part of me loves spending a lazy afternoon flipping through the pages, giving my mind a brief respite from the grind of academia with their stories of fashion, relationships and embarrassing moments. It is escapism; it is self-care. And yet, another part of me wonders, how much of this is real? There are so few pages that deviate from what feel like stock features. Most significantly, I wonder about the women whose pictures fill the pages.

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