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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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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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New recommendations for babies, children and teens: How much screen time is safe for kids?

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New recommendations for screen time have been developed for every age group to reflect how prevalent digital media is in everyone’s life. Everything you need to know to help you guide your family’s appropriate use of technology, while minimising the risks, is presented.

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What is the best age to talk to our children about birth control?

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Lots of parents wonder when it is appropriate to talk to their children about sex and birth control. Yet more important than talking about birth control at a certain age, parents can help their children avoid unintentional pregnancy by discussing the dignity of the human body beginning in early childhood.

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