• Frances Chan. Photo: FacebookA 92-pound Yale University student has finally ended her face-off with school officials who spent months insisting that she either gain weight or be suspended. And Frances Chan, 20, who contends she never had an eating disorder to begin with but is simply genetically thin, could not be more relieved.

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    “It felt really bad to be this powerless,” the student told the New Haven Register Sunday. “I ate ice cream twice a day. I ate cookies. I used elevators instead of walking up stairs. But I don’t really gain any weight.”

    Chan’s problems with the Ivy League school began back in September, when she went to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven to have a breast lump checked. Though the lump was benign, it led to Yale Health, the student health center, scrutinizing her general health and, in particular, her low weight.

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  • Hair-removal beauty brand Veet is coming under fire for its latest ad campaign, titled "Don't Risk Dudeness," which portrays women who haven't shaved their body hair as men. In one of the commercials, a guy wakes up in bed next to his girlfriend — only to discover that she's now a large, bearded man since she hasn't shaved her legs since (gasp) yesterday.

    Earlier this week, the company told its more than 300,000 Facebook fans to be on the lookout for Veet's new ad campaign, which would premiere during Monday night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Now, that same Facebook page is full of angry comments from women who don't like the way the company is using gender stereotypes to sell their products.

    "This commercial is incredibly offensive. For a company geared toward women you should be ashamed of yourself for sending out such a sexist message," wrote one Facebook user.

    "Your new ad campaign sucks. Real dudes love their women regardless of when they last shaved," added another.

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  • The redesign has been praised by many food-industry insiders and reviled by some (Newt Gingrich calls it "symbolic liberalism"). We question whether it will make a real difference.

    By: Ian Landau

    FDA food labelingFDA food labeling

    A few weeks ago, First Lady Michelle Obama, head of the Let's Move campaign, and FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panels that adorn the labels of packaged foods. You know, the ones that tell you a 20-ounce bottle of Coke Classic contains close to twice as much sugar as a Three Musketeers bar.

    The new changes include:

    1) Distinguishing the number of grams of added sugars from naturally occurring sugars

    2) Updating serving-size amounts to more accurately reflect current (read: usually larger) serving sizes compared to 20 years ago (like upping a serving of ice cream from a paltry quarter cup to a cup).

    3) Making the calories and servings-per-container lines bigger and bolder. Dropping calories from fat to reflect the latest

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  • Running is not only great for the soul but good for your health.
    By Jennifer Van Allen, Runner's World

    You've probably heard it said that exercise is medicine. You might've also heard recently, that running may not be so good for you after all. Despite recent reports that too much or too little running can drastically shorten life spans, there's a raft of scientific evidence proving that regular exercise (150 minutes per week, which is about 30 minutes five times per week)--and running in particular--has health benefits that extend well beyond any pill a doctor could prescribe. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What's more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life, and even helps you live longer. Here's how:

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    1. Running makes you

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  • Read this before you raid the fridge
    By Kenny Thapoung, Women's Health

    Your stomach's the ultimate prankster: It can trick you into believing you're jonesing for food when really, you don't need the sustenance at all. Well, we're not falling for it anymore--and you won't be either after you get this need-to-know intel.

    You're Dehydrated

    Guzzling water doesn't speed up weight loss, but skimping on H2O can make you confuse thirst for hunger, according to experts. Luckily, we've got 10 ways you can drink more water.

    Q&A: Can Water Really Help You Lose Weight?

    You're Constantly Looking at #FoodPorn
    Unfortunately, your favorite Instagram pastime isn't so great for your waistline. A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that seeing images of crazy-delicious food activates the brain's reward center and can cause you to overeat.

    You're Not Catching Enough Z's
    Sleep deprivation makes food look extra appetizing, causing you to feel hungrier and reach for

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  • Delicious and definitely nutritious.Eggs are beautiful. They are a picture perfect example of what nature is able to accomplish. They help make us more beautiful by helping both the inside of our body, like our hearts, as well as the outside of our body, like our hair.

    While eggs have gotten a bad wrap for a long time due to cholesterol fears, evidence in the British Medical Journal showed that moderate egg consumption may not have any effect on heart disease or stroke.

    MORE: How to Eat for All-Day Energy

    Here are 5 reasons why eggs can fit well into a beautiful diet:

    Eggs can help make beautiful babies. They're a must for pregnant women. Why? Because eggs are chockfull of choline, a B vitamin that growing babies need for essential development of the brain. Choline supplementation has also been linked to a lower risk of mental disorders in babies, as well as well as a reduced risk for both Down syndrome dysfunction and dementia.

    Eggs can help curb your evening snacking problem. Eating a high-protein

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  • Foods That Fill You Up FastFoods That Fill You Up Fast

    Eat more and still lose weight-seriously!-by shopping from this list of hunger-busting items that are sure to curb cravings.

    Baked Potato
    The tater has been unfairly demonized. It's actually a potent hunger tamer. In a study that measured the satiating index of 38 foods, including brown rice and whole-wheat bread, people ranked boiled potatoes higher, reporting that they felt fuller and ate less two hours after consuming them. Although potatoes are often shunned because they're considered high in carbohydrates, they shouldn't be. Whether baked or boiled, they're loaded with vitamins, fiber and other nutrients. Result? You get steady energy and a lasting satisfied feeling after eating them.
    Feel Even Fuller: Eat baked and boiled potatoes skin-on to get more fiber for just 160 calories a pop.

    Bean Soup
    Soups have a high water content, meaning they fill your stomach but don't have a lot of calories. Broth-based bean soups contain a hefty dose of fiber and resistant starch-a

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  • 60 seconds can go a long way toward improving your mental and physical health.60 seconds can go a long way toward improving your mental and physical health.

    By Brianna Steinhilber, Everyday Health

    When it comes to living a healthier life, we all know what we should be doing: eating better, exercising daily, and sleeping more. But when hectic schedules get in the way, living by these mantras can feel close to impossible - who has time to think about these things, let alone ensure you're sticking to them every single day? What you'll be happy to hear is that you can boost your health each day without having to constantly think about it. "The One-Minute Wellness Coach" to the rescue! Certified nutritionist Deborah Enos shares her simple tricks that will only add a minute to your daily routine but result in some major health perks.

    1. Beat Your Sugar Addiction: Swap Your Sugary Snack

    Does your sweet tooth ache around mid-afternoon or after dinner? You may be battling an addiction: According to a Princeton University study, rats who were allowed to binge on sugar and then had it taken away showed signs of withdrawal. "That may very well be why

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  • Up the serenity in your own garden room with these easy-care, low-water plants.

    Everything is magicEverything is magic
    Magical outdoor room

    "Everything about this garden is magical," says designer Vera Gates of Liz and Chris Dressel's hillside hideaway in Woodside, California. "The light is magical. So are the plantings around the native oak." Thoughts of yard work won't break the spell here: These plants are all low-water and easy-care. A decomposed-granite patio means no lawn to mow. And the chairs around the portable firepit? Bewitching. "Guests just want to recline in them and enjoy the view. No one ever wants to leave. Design: Vera Gates and Scott Yarnell, Arterra Landscape Architects, San Francisco (arterrallp.com).
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    Read on to get info on the 9 beautiful plants on display, and then plant your own magical outdoor sanctuary.

    A great border accentA great border accent
    Santa Barbara daisy

    (Erigeron karvinskianus)
    The tiny white and pink flowers make a great border accent when planted in the forefront of tall grasses.

    Adds lightness and motionAdds lightness and motion
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  • Vogue's 'Prison Chic' Trend Commits a Fashion Offense

    Photo: Netflix
    Have you heard? Prisoners are totally chic, according to British Vogue, which in its current issue ran a fashion story featuring “Orange Is The New Black” protagonist Piper Chapman’s jailhouse-inspired clothing.

    The story caption reads, “Orange Is the New Black Piper Chapman’s utility basics stand the test of time — quite literally. A zingy anorak and trousers have stylish staying power.” Those items, which sell for $414 and $545 respectively. There's also a $565 sweater featured. Total cost: $1,524.

    British VogueHadley Friedman, a columnist for British publication The Guardian, spotted the story on Monday and tweeted a photo to her 55,000 followers. It eventually reached OITNB author Piper Kerman (whose memoir the Netflix series is based on) who made her feelings on the story clear.

    The feature is not only insensitive, but

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