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Social media, athletic pressure drives surge in male eating disorders

About 10 million men in the United States will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives.

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Cyrus Webb was one of them.

"I was 20 years old. I remember the time … feeling as though I was not happy, and I ended up trying to kill myself," Webb said.

Webb had been self-conscious about his weight at the time, and was afraid he would lose a spot in his marching band.

"I would do fasting, especially when I started doing more things in the public. Basically starving myself. Going running a lot. Sometimes making myself sick. And all because of trying to be the image I thought I needed to be, especially if you were going to be accepted," Webb said.

One in three people struggling with an eating disorder is a male

The latest numbers show Webb's struggle is increasingly more common among men. According to the National Eating Disorder Association or NEDA, one in three people struggling with an eating disorder is male.

NEDA also reports that black teenagers are 50 percent more likely than white teenagers to exhibit binging and purging behaviors. But due in part to cultural bias, they are much less likely to seek treatment for their eating disorder.

Social Media’s Role

"I think the biggest myth that still exists today is that this is an issue among women," Harvard University researcher Alvin Tran said. Tran says social media is playing a role in the trend.

“There are researchers who suspect that social media and other forms of the media are contributing a role. Young men, young boys are seeing images of males in the media. These body images tend to be muscular men with little body fat. Kids are seeing these images as the ideal male body at a very early age," Tran added.

In particular, Tran's research found a significant spike in unhealthy eating habits among men of color on dating apps. 

The Weight of Perfection for Athletes

Athletes are also struggling in greater numbers. 

"People will assume that if an athlete is performing well, that means they’re healthy and that could be very different from the actual truth of the scenario," Matt Stranberg said

Stranberg is a counselor, dietician, and strength conditioning coach with Walden Behavioral Health. He says 33 percent of male athletes in weight class sports are affected by eating disorders.

But there are very few programs in the country that deal specifically with athletes … or men overall.

Cyclist Ben Frederick lived through the struggle after a bike crash left him with a traumatic brain injury.

Frederick was “trying to be one of very few people that can ride a bike for their living … when that goes away and the world opens up to you, it can feel very out of control.""

Frederick said he was able to control the feelings he got if he did not eat. It spiraled until he wound up hospitalized.

“Sitting in that hospital bed having a heartrate of 30 beats per minute was the rock bottom."

Now that he’s recovering, he wanted to share his story, so others might be inspired to find help.

Just shy of two weeks into his recovery, he is back on his bike and sharing his story.

A study of more than 2,400 people hospitalized for an eating disorder found that 97 percent also had conditions such as depression, PTSD or anxiety. 

For more information, contact the NEDA.

NEDA CALL HELPLINE: (800) 931-2237WEBSITE: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Delta limits emotional support animals, prohibits pit bulls as service or support animals

Delta Air Lines will limit each passenger to one emotional support animal and will prohibit pit bulls as service or support animals on flights, effective July 10.

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It’s a further tightening of the Atlanta-based airline’s policy on emotional support and service animals.

Delta said the latest policy changes are due to “growing safety concerns” after two employees were bitten by a passenger’s emotional support animal last week.

The incident occurred in Atlanta during boarding of a flight to Tokyo Narita, and one employee was medically treated on site, according to the airline. The passenger and animal were removed from the flight.

Delta said when the new policy takes effect it will no longer accept “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals.

The changes come after a Delta passenger was mauled by an emotional support dog on a flight last year.

Delta said it carries 700 service or support animals a day. Since 2016, the airline said it saw an 84 percent increase in reported incidents involving service and support animals, including urination or defecation and biting.

“Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders and more,” Delta said. “Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs.”

Airlines taking stand in immigration crisis, refusing to fly separated migrant children

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon to keep families together at the border amid national outrage and pressure from both political parties.

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Trump officially reversed his argument that the office of the president has no authority to stop separations of undocumented immigrant families.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport’s major airline, American Airline, is strongly against the family separation process.

"We have therefore requested the federal government to immediately refrain from using American for the purpose of transporting children who have been separated from their families," airline officials said in a statement.

"We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it. We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so."

>> Related: Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border

American Airlines is not the only airline making this request. United Airlines and Frontier Airlines also told the government not to use their planes for that purpose.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said the role of airlines is “making the world a more connected place.”

>> Related: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainees

“We are very clear that our mission is bringing the world together and connecting people to each other, and anything that runs counter to that, obviously Delta is going to be opposed,” Bastian said.

That isn't sitting well with the Department of Homeland Security.

"It's unfortunate that American Air, United and Frontier no longer want to partner with the brave men and women of DHS to protect the traveling public, combat human trafficking and to swiftly reunite unaccompanied illegal immigrant children with their families," a DHS spokesperson said.

>> Related: Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

Officials with DHS also said the airlines do not understand immigration laws and the loopholes that have caused the crisis at the border.

High number of cancer cases among Florida high school friends prompts doctor to urge investigation

A  Florida oncologist and 2003 Satellite High School graduate is asking questions after she and several of her former classmates were diagnosed with cancer.

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Dr. Julie Greenwalt, of the Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center in Jacksonville battled a rare, aggressive form of appendix cancer.

She first contacted the Florida Department of Health about one year ago to ask the agency to take a closer look at the cancer cases. Her resolve was strengthened after a recent Military Times article about the detection of water contaminates linked to cancer and developmental delays in children at military bases nationwide, including Patrick Air Force Base.

Greenwalt asked Victoria Hicks, a friend and fellow Satellite High School alumna, to discuss her breast cancer diagnosis with the health department.

>> Related: Your bottled water is probably contaminated with tiny plastic particles, health experts say

"I was 33, and I had no family history," Hicks said. "I went to the doctor nine months before my actual diagnosis and was told it's nothing, it's no big deal, and it grew into an 8-centimeter mass."

Greenwalt said the pattern of cancer diagnoses is concerning.

"I think it's an abnormal pattern that so many young people in their 30s are getting cancer without family history," she said. "I'm not trying to cause any panic, just trying to create awareness that there might be a problem."

Officials with the FDOH said although the agency hasn't launched a formal investigation, it recognizes the importance of gathering and assessing information that could help determine necessary next steps.

Greenwalt said current and former Brevard County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer are asked to contact the county health department's epidemiologist to provide details of their diagnosis and related information.

>> Related: Breast cancer patient says insurer denied coverage for approved $7K scan

Relatives of patients who have died from cancer are also asked to report that information to the agency.

"I just feel grateful to be alive, and I know that God has a plan for my life," Greenwalt said. "(Perhaps) this is part of it -- to try and help figure this out."

She said she plans to organize a community meeting in Satellite Beach to increase awareness.

"I hope now that it's out there, the possibility of people getting screened sooner can help save more lives," Hicks said.

Florida woman found slumped over in car with baby, drug paraphernalia, deputies say

A 39-year-old woman who was already on the radar of the Florida Department of Children and Families was arrested after deputies said they discovered her either asleep or passed out in her vehicle with a baby in the back seat. 

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Deputies in Lake County, Florida, said they made contact with Lucy Maldonado at a Wawa gas station.

They said deputies noticed track marks on her arms and said she was slurring her speech. 

Deputies said Maldonado then put the vehicle in gear and drove away. 

Deputies said at no point did the pursuit reach high speeds. 

They were able to stop the vehicle about 30 minutes later using stop sticks near the Orange County line, ending the pursuit at a Walmart on Apopka Vineland Road.

Deputies said they found an infant in her car, along with multiple needles and other drug paraphernalia.

Deputies called the Florida Department of Children and Families investigators, who said they already had an open case against Maldonado and have been looking for her for weeks.

They said the child, who is believed to be 6 months old, had no pre- or post-natal care.

No one was injured.

Deputies said Maldonado also had a felony drug warrant out of Orange County.

Maldonado on Wednesday waived her right to face a judge. She is being jailed without bail.

She was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding, aggravated child neglect, driving while a license is suspended/revoked, driving under the influence and three counts of drug possession.

Her next court hearing is scheduled for next month.

Non-drinkers have higher risk of death, cancer than those having 1 to 3 drinks a week, study finds

Drinking is associated with several health issues, including hypertension and liver disease. However, those who consume liquor may outlive those who don’t, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from Queen’s Belfast University in Northern Ireland recently conducted a study, published in in the journal PLOS Medicine, to explore mortality and cancer risks among drinkers and non-drinkers. 

To do so, they reviewed data from the US Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial, which examined nearly 100,000 adults in America between 1993 and 2001.

The participants, aged 55 to 74, completed a diet history questionnaire, which listed their alcohol consumption, and were followed up with after about nine years. Analysts also took note of their cancer diagnoses from medical records. 

After analyzing the results, they found that the average lifetime alcohol intake for adults was about 1.78 drinks per week. At a closer look, they discovered that men drank about 4.02 drinks weekly and women drank about 0.80 weekly. 

>> Related: Even one drink per day can increase your risk of cancer, study warns

They revealed that heavy drinkers or those who have more than three drinks a day have the highest death and cancer risks. However, they found that a person’s combined risk of dying younger or developing cancer is lowest among light drinkers or those have one to three drinks a week.

In fact, light drinkers have a lower combined risk of overall mortality or cancer compared to those who never drink, their research revealed. 

“We had expected light drinkers to be at a similar combined risk to never drinkers, so the reduced risk in light drinkers was surprising,” coauthor Andrew Kunzmann told CNN. “The reasons for the reduced risk in light drinkers compared to never drinkers are still open to debate amongst the scientific community.”

The authors did point out a few limitations. They said they only assessed older adults. Plus, the information they received was self-reported, and they also did not factor in other risk factors for cancer. However, they believe their findings are still strong. 

>> Related: Non-drinkers more likely to miss work than moderate drinkers, study says

“This study,” the team wrote, “provides further insight into the complex relationship between alcohol consumption, cancer incidence, and disease mortality and may help inform public health guidelines.”

Woman issues warning after venomous caterpillar sends teen son to ER

A woman is warning parents after her teenage son ended up in the ER after he was stung by a venomous caterpillar. 

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Her Facebook post has been shared nearly half a million times. 

Andrea Pergola wrote that her son Logan was picking up tree branches in the yard at their home in Land O'Lakes, Florida, when something brushed up against his arm. He felt a sharp, stinging sensation and within minutes was dizzy, nauseated and in terrible pain. 

She rushed him to the hospital where he became more disoriented, the pain intensified and a rash spread up his arm.

"The pain was radiating from his wrist, up his arm and into his shoulder and chest," Pergola wrote. "The rash also spread up his entire arm and into his chest."

Doctors said the spotted rash represented dozens of stings -- well over 20 injection sites. 

Pergola says the caterpillar was from a Southern Flannel Moth. Her son recovered within a few hours, but Pergola is warning people to be aware of how dangerous the critters are. 

"He is a healthy, strong, young man and it knocked him out," she wrote. "I can't even imagine a small child or elderly person. Please research this caterpillar, be aware of it and make your kids aware of it."

According to the Austin-American Statesman, Southern Flannel Moth caterpillars are some of the most venomous caterpillars in North America. They are found from New Jersey to Texas, though mostly in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. 

They commonly live in oak, oleander, and plum trees. Their venomous spines can cause burning pain, swelling, nausea and itching. 

‘We were like prisoners:' Florida teen recalls experience in Texas detention center

Ruth Pascual was just 13 years old when she left Guatemala with her little sister to begin their journey to meet their parents, who had already left the country.

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In Spanish, she said how she and her sister were treated like animals for two months at a detention center in Texas. 

Pascual and her sister were only allowed to call their mother once. 

They had no access to books, education or even exercise. 

“We were there like prisoners,” Pascual said.

She was eventually reunited with her parents, who were in Florida. Pascual, now 16 and a junior at Wekiva High School, is working on her citizenship, but said recent images of children locked away at detention centers takes her back. 

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a zero tolerance immigration enforcement policy. Parents have been separated from their children as they face prosecution.

“People don’t leave home on a lark. They’re not coming to Disney World,” said Sister Ann Kendrick.

“They’re human beings who want to live and they want their children to live. End of story,” Kendrick said. 

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Pascual also works at the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka, an organization dedicated to helping immigrants in Central Florida. 

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainee

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new detainees from the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

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The city must not be complicit in President Donald Trump’s policies that have separated children from their families at the Mexican border, Bottoms said.

“I, like many others, have been horrified watching the impact of President Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy on children and families, Bottoms said in a statement.

“My personal angst has been compounded by the City of Atlanta’s long-standing agreement with the U.S. Marshal’s Office to house ICE detainees in our city jail.”

Bottoms said that she had concerns about a potential unintended consequence of individuals being sent to private, substandard, for-profit facilities elsewhere in the state as a result of the order.

“But the inhumane action of family separation demands that Atlanta act now,” she said.

>> Related: Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

Bottoms called on the Trump Administration and Congress to enact “humane and comprehensive measures that address our broken immigration system.”

Behind the viral photo of toddler crying at the US border

Award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore said he knew he had managed to capture the emotional impact of the Trump administration’s immigration policy just moments after photographing a young Honduran girl crying at her mother’s feet last week.

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The image appeared on television sets, computer screens and newspaper front pages around the globe. The photo spurred a California couple to start a fundraiser that has since raised millions of dollars to help migrants detained on suspicion of illegally crossing the border. It spurred public outrage over the immigration policy that led to the separation of thousands of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

>> Couple raises more than $4.7 million to help reunite migrant children, parents

Moore told The Washington Post that he noticed the girl when her mother stopped to breastfeed her in the middle of the road on June 12. She and dozens of other migrants, nearly all women and children, were stopped by the Border Patrol agents just after crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas.

“There was no place for privacy,” Moore told the Post. “(The mother) said they’d been on the road for a month, and they were from Honduras. I can only imagine what dangers she’d passed through, alone with the girl.”

The woman gave Moore permission to follow her and her 2-year-old daughter as Border Patrol agents processed them, the Post reported. It was after agents confiscated their personal items, when the girl’s mother put her on the ground to allow an agent to search her, that the girl started to wail.

The moment passed quickly.

“I took a knee and had very few frames of that moment before it was over,” Moore told NPR. “And I knew at that moment that this point in their journey, which was very emotional for me to see them being detained, for them was just part of a very, very long journey.”

Moore told the Post that the feeling he had after photographing the girl was similar to emotions he felt while covering war zones and Ebola wards abroad.

"Ever since I took those pictures, I think about that moment often. And it's emotional for me every time," he told NPR. “I do not know what happened to them. I would very much like to know.”

>> Trump border policy: How to help immigrant children separated from families

The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration enforcement policy. Parents have been separated from their children as they face prosecution. Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

According to CNN, a spokesman later told them that the girl and mother in the viral photo were not separated.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border amid global criticism of the practice.

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