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Almost Anorexia

BY Emma Tilden in General

Anorexia is a scary thing. 20% of people suffering from anorexia will die if their eating disorder goes untreated. 2-3% of those who seek treatment will still die of anorexia. Of those who seek treatment, only 60% will make a full recovery. 20% will be able to function in society but will continue to obsess over food and will remain underweight and the remaining 20% will remain dangerously underweight. They will spend much of their lives in and out of the emergency room, mental health clinics, inpatient hospital units, and eating disorder treatment programs. Read More
For the long Memorial Day weekend, I took a break from my hectic Brooklyn lifestyle to go home and visit my family in the suburbs upstate. I expected five days of lounging outside, with two pugs draped over me and lots of barbeque, but what I got was an intervention from my family. No, I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol or any dangerous vice; I’ve just gotten fat. I need to provide you with a smidge of background info for this story. I’ve always been obscenely tall, currently towering over most of my friends at 5' 10". Read More
  The Julie Ruin has been forced to cancel tour dates on their North American and European tours in the upcoming months due to vocalist Kathleen Hanna’s ongoing fight with Lyme Disease. The singer first opened up to SPIN Magazine last year about her experience battling the disease, which required her to wear an internal IV inside her arm to more effectively deliver medicine closer to her heart. Hanna’s current treatment will take three months, according to a press release, and requires her to stay in one place. Read More
At Good Fight Herb Co., Community Herbalist Lauren Giambrone produces healthy herbal products to provide natural cures and overall wellness. The medicinal products come from locally grown, organic herbs, and range from potions and ciders, to body-care products, to dried herb blends. Not only does Lauren create all these natural products, she also offers classes on alternative medicine and hosts her own radio show. And even better, she'll be at BUST Craftacular's Primped this Sunday, May 4th! Don't miss a chance to meet her in person and check out her wares. Read More
When comedian Liza Dye of NYC's Upright Citizens Brigade was struck by a B train on February 13, the New York Post said she was nothing more than a "straphanger" who didn't have her wits about her. In fact, the opposite is true. The very witty Liza Dye was not even looking at her phone that morning. Actually, she's so witty that she even joked with the passengers whose train she inadvertently delayed: "I'm sorry I made you late for work!" If you were in the New York area you remember the blizzards that ravaged the city, and knocked us all off balance in one way or another. Read More
Is that a list in your pants, or are you just happy to see me? Irony has rooted itself in our culture, and now it's taken hold of our sex lives. Dating and sex can be awkward for everyone, but a little determination goes a long way. It's best to be pragmatic about these things. The world, and the internet currently attempting to swallow it whole, is full of misinformation, theories, and most of all, lists. The sex tips in beauty magazines usually end up more boardroom than bedroom. Read More
  When we’re young, we’re told that sex is an act of love or affection; we grow to understand that our vaginas can be sources of intimacy and pleasure. But with all these modern demands on how our vaginas are supposed to look and smell, it gets confusing. The “cool” pubic hairdo changes from week to week, and we are bombarded with images of the ideal vagina, in all its neat, tight, perfumed and symmetrical glory. Read More
If you don't have an overly-critical mother like the rest of us, don't worry--Microsoft is developing a bra that will tell you when you need to stop eating. Yes, I don't know who thought this would be a good idea either, but it's a thing so let's talk about it.  As you can see in the highly-scientific diagram above, the bra is lined with an EKG that alerts the wearer when their heart rate indicates stress. This alert comes via a handy-dandy app that oh-so-kindly says "Hey, looks like you're stressed and we saw you bought that pack of Oreos yesterday...Don't do it, man. Read More
Health blog "Wellfesto" recently published a list titled "10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out" and it is everything the world needs to be thinking.  In the piece, Brynn Harrington, a mother, questions the way we view exercise and the way that view is reflected in the culture of the next generation. Her revelation came in the middle of an exercise class when the instruction encouraged the class to picture themselves in "that dress."  That dress, Harrington says, represents our skewed view of physical activity. Read More
A new study suggests that the stereotypical environment in which we raise our daughters (think Barbie, Easy-Bake Ovens, and co.) isn't just impacting her mental health, but her physical well-being, too! Researchers at Oregon State University are finding that immunity later in life can be linked back to the play habits of young children. Boys are traditionally encouraged to frolic in the dirt, make mud pies, and eat worms. Girls are kept tucked away indoors to play house in a Lysol-cleansed castle. Read More