Orthorexia: From "Health" to Harm

By Annie Stewart--“I just want to eat healthy.” This is what I would say to anyone who would confront of me of my unhealthy eating patterns. For me, (as is often the case with many people) it started as an innocent desire to be healthy and in the beginning, it was.

Offensive Halloween Costumes to Never (Ever) Wear…and What to Wear Instead

By Catherine Mhloyi--It’s that time of year again. The temperature is going down, carved pumpkins are coming out and families across America are settling in to watch Hocus Pocus on repeat.

Happy Spirit Day! Here Are 7 Ways to Take a Stand Against Bullying

By Diana Denza--Eating disorders disproportionately affect members of the LGBTQ+ community and bullying can serve as one factor in the development of an eating disorder. As a whole, LGBTQ+ young people are more likely to experience bullying at school, sexual harassment, cyberbullying, and property damage. 

5 Ways to Give Kids a Confidence Boost

By Jeanette Suros--You don’t have to be a parent to make a difference in a child’s life. We don’t always realize the impact we make on our siblings, the kids we babysit or our young nieces and nephews.

What My Little Sister’s Confidence Taught Me

By Auriana Petach--I’ve always struggled with my self-confidence. I constantly had the fear that I was being judged and ridiculed by my peers.

What the Wellness Industry Gets Wrong

By Ariel Beccia--A few years ago, I thought that I had found the solution to the ever-persistent question, “How should I eat?”

How I Overcame My Eating Disorder and Came Out As Bisexual

By Gracie Mandel--From an early age, I knew that I loved deeply. I loved people in a way that felt like too much at times.

10 Fierce Activists to Admire This LGBTQ+ History Month

By Diana Denza and Olivia Clancy--October marks LGBTQ History Month, a time for reflecting on the community’s history as well as the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. The community’s numerous accomplishments would not have been possible without the efforts of countless individuals working tirelessly for equality.

5 Things “Mean Girls” Taught Us About Beauty and Confidence

Happy Mean Girls Day! Is there anyone among us who hasn’t seen this teen comedy at least three times? Sure, the flick was chock-full of snark, but it also taught us important life lessons that had nothing to do with wearing pink on Wednesdays.

3 Ways to Create a Healthy Dorm Environment

By Kaitlyn Oberg--So you want to live with six girls? Fabulous. They will be the most caring, compassionate and intelligent people you have ever encountered—but when you put so many people in an enclosed space, issues tend to manifest.

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