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The Freshman Binge Drinking Culture and How to Manage It

Freshman binge drinking has been a long-time college culture notion. Entering college life can be a high time for teens. Stepping up to a new stage in life can be both exciting and nerve-racking for these teens. There are many  factors that affect why students start to drink and some of these may be quite […]

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Can Eating Disorders be Caused by Fear of the Freshman 15?

By now, you’ve heard the warnings about “freshman 15.” But is it just a myth?  Many students are likely to gain weight-but it may not be the full freshman 15 and it may not happen during freshman year. Good news, right? College offers temptations and requires many adjustments for the incoming Freshman. There are many […]

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The Challenges of Being a Freshman

Peer pressure, stress, anxiety, and homesickness are some of the challenges that freshmen face in their new life in college. Stepping foot in a new school is definitely one for the books for many teens. Teenagers think that by being in college and away from home, they can be free to do whatever they want. […]

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3 Things People with Binge Eating Disorders Wish Others Understood

Pizza. Ice Cream. Chocolate. All of these foods are so tempting that one is almost frozen in space until the urge to eat their trigger food is accomplished. People with Binge Eating Disorder (BED) live in a world in which food is not just on their mind; it is often the only thing they can […]

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Is That Piece of Pizza Addictive?

By: Bunny Young, MA, QMHP ​This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week . . . . . . so we looked at what questions were out there about food, eating, diets, and relationships with meals and discovered that this question was very popular and there are a lot of different opinions on the subject. […]

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One College Student Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder

One College Student Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder Life Cycles Counseling (LCC) wants you to know that you are not alone when struggling with an Eating Disorder! We want to reduce the shame associated with Eating disorders and increase awareness so that no one has to struggle alone. Eating Disorders are prevalent on college […]

One Thing You MUST Do to Avoid Overeating This Thanksgiving

Holidays are a time for overindulgence in buying, eating, and drinking. But it doesn’t have to be! At Thanksgiving, it is very common for us to consume 1,000 calories or more during the meal and to continue eating way past the point of being full. Afterwards, we feel like a pig (I know I do) […]

Tell Me I’m Fat: Coming Out About Your Fatness

Is Fat a permanent state of being, much like sexuality? When did you come out as fat? Sounds strange, right? But unlike people who come out in the LGBT-Q community, it is no secret that you are fat. When should you come out and tell everyone that you are fat, that you accept this state […]

Over 100 Showed Up for Speak UP

Several weeks have passed since my first Speak UP session on the VCU campus, but I am still reminded of how much impact a collective group of people can have on each other. The mantra that comes to mind is, “you mean something to someone.” What that means to me is that individuals need to […]