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Is your overweight teen trying to lose weight? Be watchful for eating disorders.

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Modern teens are in a difficult position. Thinness for girls and leanness for boys is prized by both the social media esthetic, popularized by Instagram, as well as current fashion trends. Ironically, the social pressure to be thin is happening at a time when more than 30% of adolescents aged 12-19 years are overweight or obese. Additionally, 50% of teen girls are, or think they should be, on a diet. 

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Is breastfeeding your baby stressing you out? Don’t worry, you are not alone!

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Breastfeeding is natural but not always easy.  Whether you are a first time mom or a mom with previous breastfeeding experience, each baby can be a challenge depending on the character and natural tendencies of that child.

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Sexual harassment causes harm in any form

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Nightly news programming gives us insight on the devastating effects of physical sexual harassment in the form of rape, groping, and unwanted touch. However, new research is revealing that non-physical sexual harassment also negatively affects victims, especially adolescents.

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My child is touching their private parts. Is this normal?

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It may be worrisome to find your child touching their genitals for pleasure. Many parents think that masturbation is something that emerges during adolescence with hormonal and secondary sex characteristics such as erections for boys and menstruation for girls. However childhood masturbation, often called genital stimulation and touching, usually starts around 2 months of age but can sometimes start in utero.

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