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Professional support for an eating disorder can be expensive, so as you transition into college, it’s important to know what resources are out there to help you find support that fits your budget. While your school’s counseling center can be a great resource to start seeking support, many counseling centers aren’t designed to provide long-term support for students. 

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"Dear KJ" is a weekly 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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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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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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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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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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“Monthly Matters with Melody” is a monthly advice column by Dr. Melody Moore, a clinical psychologist, yoga instructor and the founder of the Embody Love Movement Foundation. Her foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to empower girls and women to celebrate their inner beauty, commit to kindness and contribute to meaningful change in the world. Dr.

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From key body image surveys to Olympic swimmers, this week was full of important eating disorder-related stories. Check out our top picks of the week below!  

Men and boys struggle with body image, too. A recent report showed that nearly one-fourth of boys believe that a “perfect male body” exists. 

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One of the most injurious facets of eating disorders is the stigma surrounding them. Despite a growing body of research confirming neurobiological and genetic causes of eating disorders, there are persisting misconceptions that these illnesses are lifestyles choices caused primarily by social or psychological factors. Such stigma contributes to the all-too-common picture the public paints of eating disorders: teenage white girl who engages in self-starvation in pursuit of the ever-elusive beauty ideal.

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As many of you already know, and have seen when you walk into either a Starbucks, McDonalds, Applebee’s or even Target’s café, right there next to a food item on the menu is its calorie information.

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