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From a new law mandating mental health curriculum across schools in New York State to the world’s largest mental health survey to be distributed via app in a few days, this week was full of significant stories. Check out our favorite news picks below!

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The word “diet” isn’t necessarily synonymous with body positivity—quite the opposite, actually. The body-positive movement is rooted in ideals such as self-love and appreciation; it’s a backlash against a diet culture that defines beautiful as slim and encourages us to continually strive for “better” bodies. In that sense, it would be oxymoronic to champion a body-positive attitude while adhering to a prescribed way of eating, right?

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I love going to the art museum and perusing the galleries full of endless masterpieces. There are paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, installations, photography...the wonders are endless. Speaking of which, bodies are like that too, aren’t they? It’s hard for most of us (especially those who have struggled with an ED) to think about, but the truth is that we are each a wonderful work of art. Something that helped me realize this was a figure drawing class I took back in college.

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"Dear KJ" is an advice column by Dr. Kjerstin "KJ" Gruys, sociologist, author and body image activist. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology with a focus on the politics of appearance and is the author of Mirror Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body By Not Looking at It for a Year (Avery Press, 2012).

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Bailey Webber is a student journalist who takes a stand against bullying and body shaming brought on by the government in her documentary, The Student Body. The film showcases real stories of children of all ages whose bodies fall out of the range of what’s deemed “acceptable” by the government, an issue that is occurring in several states across the nation. Webber takes a stand, showing lawmakers there is no such thing as a “right” or “wrong” body.

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If you’ve ever tried to practice self-care, then you’ve probably come across the advice to “listen to your body.” What exactly does that even mean, though? Is it when my fiancé and I listen to each other’s tummies and laugh at the noises of gas bubbles and digestive enzymes? Maybe it’s obeying the voice in my head that says, “Screw work and go to sleep instead; you’re tired.” 

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From suicide prevention measures to celebrities calling out their body-shamers, this week was full of important stories.

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As a new and proud sponsor of NEDA, Graphique de France is dedicated to inspiring young women in their day-to-day routines. With positive and motivational quotes, fun and trendy designs, and high-quality everyday collections we are committed to introducing inspirational messages into the essentials women rely on. After learning about NEDA, we decided to get involved and give back to a community that supports people struggling with eating disorders. 

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From inspirational open letters to discussions about fat acceptance, this week was full of important eating disorder-related stories. Check out our top picks below!

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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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