ASTON, Pa. — The day she covered every mirror in her new apartment because she could not stand the sight of herself anymore was a red flag. But no one was around to register it. And Gracie Gold, a figure skater once on the cusp of Olympic stardom, was in no shape to help herself. Holed up in a Detroit suburb, she kept her lights off so often, she said, that the electric bill one month was less than $20. She slept as much as 24 hours at a time, then stayed awake for three nights straight. A good day was when she managed to brush her teeth and her hair. Her dream of an Olympic gold medal? That had evaporated long ago, during her slow boil of a meltdown that she was struggling to keep a lid on. In 2014, Gold was a charismatic teenage prodigy, hailed as an athletic Grace Kelly because of her tight blond bun, bright red lipstick and regal bearing, her personality so sparkling it sometimes blinded people to the fact that she had not won an individual Olympic medal. Three years later, … [Read more...] about Gracie Gold’s battle for Olympic glory ended in a fight to save herself
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YOU might think that Movember is all about raising awareness of male cancers - but you'd be wrong. A large part of the annual men's health campaign is focusing on men's mental health. One in eight men in the UK have experienced a mental health problem before... and 75 per cent of lives lost by suicides are men. The Movember saying goes "to be a man of less anxiety, you've got to become a man of more words". So we spoke to six brave men about how they've managed to overcome their mental health problems with the help of exercise... James Colclough, 26, is the head of sales at Fresh Fitness Food He tackles his depression with rugby After suffering the loss of a mate at university, I battled with depression for a year or so. It was really tough to get out of bed in the morning. I didn't feel like I could speak to anyone about it and that they wouldn't understand even if I tried to. I've played a lot of sport (rugby mostly) but when my friend passed away, I lost all motivation to … [Read more...] about Movember 2018: Six brave men reveal how exercise saved them from crippling depression and anxiety
Some of the personality traits — endurance, pain tolerance, persistence — that helped Minnesota Nordic ski champion Jessie Diggins capture gold at the 2018 Pyeongchang winter Olympics were the very same characteristics that fueled the eating disorder that once threatened to sideline her athletic career. This realization, made while Diggins was undergoing outpatient treatment for an eating disorder that developed when she was in her late teens, felt significant, like a 2-ton weight had been lifted off her shoulders. “For a long time, I felt guilty for doing this to myself, for hurting my family,” Diggins said. But then, while taking part in group therapy sessions at The Emily Program, a comprehensive eating disorder treatment center headquartered in St. Paul, Diggins learned that she was likely genetically “primed” to have an eating disorder, that the very personality traits that made her an Olympian also put her at greater risk for developing … [Read more...] about Olympian Jessie Diggins opens up about her eating disorder, hoping to inspire others to get help
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a massive Republican farm bill with changes to the government food stamps program that make it unlikely to become law in this form. A pedestrian walks past the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/File Photo The Senate is considering its own farm bill with no major changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) used by more than 40 million Americans, or about 12 percent of the total U.S. population. The House passed the $867 billion farm bill in a 213-to-211 vote, earning the support of some conservative Republicans who helped defeat it in May after its renewal became entangled in an unrelated debate over immigration. Farm bills are massive, providing funding for diverse programs including food aid, crop subsidies, rural development, conservation and efforts to stem the opioid crisis in rural communities. The last bill came into effect in … [Read more...] about U.S. House OKs farm bill with major food stamps changes
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByJeremy W. Peters June 8, 2018 HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — California has dug in at the front lines of the resistance to President Trump, suing to overturn his environmental policies, passing legislation to hamstring his immigration enforcement and marching in mass demonstrations of defiance. Then there is Orange County, a stubborn redoubt of conservatism that keeps defying prognostications that 80 years of Republican dominance will come to an end. Democrats claimed gains in Tuesday’s statewide primary, securing slots in the November election for three crucial House seats that represent Orange County. But Republicans also found some assurances. Their voters turned out in greater numbers. Republican House candidates, over all, garnered more votes than their Democratic counterparts, providing … [Read more...] about Orange County Fights Turning Blue. And the Resistance Is Formidable.