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9 male celebrities who've opened up about body image

Interestingly enough, we often assume it's only women being scrutinized by media, friends and family.  Come to find out, our culture has messages about all types of people. In this article, nine male celebrities open up about body image struggles. 

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Being Overweight Can Actually Be Good for You—Especially After a Heart Attack

Can you be overweight and healthy? Claire Gillespie shares her story.

This question has been hotly debated in the health and wellness sphere for decades. Some studies appear to suggest that overweight people live longer. On the other hand, a scientific study of 3.5 million Brits published in 2017 found that obese people have an increased risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, compared to those of a normal weight. And now, new research carried out by UT Southwestern Medical Center cardiologists, published in European Heart Journal: Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes, suggests that mildly obese people tend to live longer after a heart attack. That’s right. Being overweight can help you.

The study found that in the three years following a heart attack, mildly obese patients were 30 percent more likely to survive and spend less time in hospital than patients of normal weight. The researchers defined “mildly obese” as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 to 34.9 kg/m2 (for example, a person who weighs 165 lbs and is 5’2″ tall). Normal weight is considered to be a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9. What’s more, patients of normal weight fared as poorly as those who were extremely obese (with a BMI of 40 or higher). (What is BMI and does it really matter?)

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OK to Take Time Off From School

By Eating Recovery Center 

1. Your life is more important than school.

A college education is incredibly valuable, but your life is priceless. Going to college and graduating in four years is what many of us are expected to do. It’s seen as the “normal” life path — the route many people will follow. This was not the case for me, and if it’s not the case for you either, that’s OK. Following social norms is not always beneficial, especially when your life is at stake.

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My Therapist's Awesome Response

By Emily Lowry

A couple months ago I made it (yet again) through finals. That wave of relief washed over me as I walked out of my last exam. “Done,” I thought. To be honest, this previous term was one of the least stressful I’ve had in a while, however I always anticipate the exhaustion that comes with the end of term. The deadlines and countdown to exams… that’s just been my life for so many years now. It usually goes away, but this time was different.

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Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers, one of our community partners, walks us through the different stages of relapse.