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Two interesting reports on: teen alcohol consumption, and obesity

1. Partnership for a Drug Free America report finds teen girls are drinking more than boys, to relieve stress and worries. From the story in Newsweek:

“But girls may be less concerned about their figure than they are about, well, everything else. The … results also show that girls are more likely to associate drugs and alcohol with a way to avoid problems and relieve stress. (Boys, on the other hand, show dramatic increases in seeing drugs and alcohol as social lubricants… )”

2. As obesity rates hit record levels, a new study finds that many parents don’t notice. The study, “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010,” was released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

And something that’s been starting to irk me regarding weight:

An objection to heavy women being called “real.” From Huffpost:

“Over the last few years I’ve noticed the word “real” to describe average or larger-sized women has become commonplace, but if one thinks about it for five seconds, it has to be concluded that if we are calling rounder women ‘real’ that makes her size 4 sister fake.

“I think ‘fat acceptance’ is the wrong way to go; not because I have a problem with fuller-figured women enjoying and celebrating their bodies (I truly applaud those who do and those who lead them!) but because I don’t want their happiness and acceptance to come at the cost of other women.”

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