This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Nick Embraces His Body Size

For as long as Nick Tarantino can remember, he’s been a “big kid.” The 17-year-old was even a large baby, born at 8 lbs and 6 ounces. In his Teen Flaunt essay, he explains, “Ever since about 6 or 7 years old, I’ve been overall bigger than all the other kids, what I like to call… well-ROUNDed.” While it may start out by sounding like a sad story, Nick doesn’t want your pity. Instead, he wants readers to realize it’s possible to accept and love your body exactly the way it is. His advice? “Just remember, don’t hide it. FLAUNT IT!!” Those are wise words we can all appreciate.

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Paige Is HIV-Positive, But Won’t Let Her Status Define Her

When Paige Rawl was in sixth grade, she told her best friend that she was HIV-positive. Paige knew she was born with the disease, but also knew she was smart, active, and healthy. Revealing her HIV status to her best friend didn’t feel like a big deal. What she didn’t know was how her peers would react once they found out. Within weeks of telling her friend, the whole school knew about Paige’s status. Instead of responding with compassion or even curiosity, Paige became the target of bullies. Other students […]

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Even Doctors Think School Should Start Later

On Monday, news broke that the country’s largest pediatrician group, the American Academy of Pediatrics, is advocating for later start times at schools. Yup, doctors are saying what we’ve known for awhile: Teens’ bodies function better with more sleep. And because of the way teens’ bodies function biologically, they stay awake later. According to USA Today, the AAP says starting school for middle and high school students after 8:30 a.m. is “an effective countermeasure to chronic sleep loss.”

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Twerking is So 2013 — Miley Steals This Year’s VMA Spotlight For a Way Better Reason

Chances are you know a teen or two who tuned into last night’s MTV Video Music Awards. Maybe you even watched the show yourself. Either way, Miley Cyrus was the talk of the night. And unlike last year, it wasn’t because she twerked with giant teddy bears. Instead, she surprised us all by not heading to the stage to receive her award for Video of the Year. She took the opportunity to shine the spotlight on a very worthy cause: homeless youth.

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Another Reason to Catch Some zZzs: Lack of Sleep Increases Teens’ Obesity Risks

Another day, another study proving the benefits of a good night’s sleep. In case you still need convincing that slumbering is important, new research suggests that teens who don’t get enough rest increase their risk of being obese in their twenties.

This study was conducted at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health. They found that 16-year-olds who got less than six hours of sleep a night were 20 percent more likely to be obese by age 21.

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This Week’s Teen Flaunt: Jack Lost His Uncle to Mental Illness

With the tragic loss of Robin Williams earlier this month, mental health issues like depression and suicide have been pushed into the spotlight. This week’s Teen Flaunt ties into those very same topics, as 17-year-old Jack Landis reflects on the loss of his Uncle Matt. It wasn’t until his uncle’s suicide that he was faced with the realization that life can be short, and that it’s best to cherish it while we can.

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Happy Birthday, Demi!

It’s no secret: I absolutely love Demi Lovato. From her early days on Barney, all through Sonny with a Chance, Camp Rock (1 and 2!), The X-Factor, and every hair color under the sun, she’s been more than my favorite celebrity – she’s my daily inspiration (and I’m not the only one!). Last year I was lucky enough to interview her about what it’s really like to be famous for the Choices story #Obsessed With Fame, and since then, everyone on the Choices/TeenBeing team has become a full-fledged Lovatic. Once […]

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Can Social Media Help Prevent The Spread Of Foodborne Illnesses?

Twitter is commonly known for 140-character updates about people’s lives. From celebrities to news sources, it’s a great way to be briefed on what’s happening in the world. The site could also have another beneficial function: tracking down foodborne illnesses. According to a post on Science Daily, new research shows that social media may be able to help experts keep surveillance on food-related illnesses.

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Mo’ne Davis Throws Like A Girl — And That’s Amazing!

Talk about a huge accomplishment: Mo’Ne Davis threw a shutout on Friday helping her team advance in the Little League World Series and making her the only female in the series’ 67-year history to do so. The 13-year-old is one of the only females in the league, which makes this even more awesome. She’s defying gender stereotypes and shows that girls are just as capable as boys when it comes to athletics.

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More Than Just A Catchy Song, This Video Spreads Body Positivity

After seeing an article in the New York Times about the recent trend of body-positive music videos, we can’t stop replaying Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” It’s a catchy song with a brightly-colored music video. But the great part is the message of the song: beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Trainor sings, “I ain’t no size 2/ but I can shake it, shake it / Like I’m supposed to do.”

With the main message being “Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” this is definitely something we can get behind.

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