Learning to define health beyond weight numbers

Jennifer E. Engen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – People who are obese are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes and have strokes. For many people, there’s a never-ending struggle to achieve what’s considered a healthy weight. But a holistic way of thinking has some ditching their scales and defining their health in other […]

Define gun violence as a public health problem

Jennifer E. Engen

Gun violence is a public health crisis.  In the U.S., gun violence affects people of all ages and races, but disproportionately impacts young adult males and racial/ethnic minorities. Of U.S. residents ages 15-24, homicide by gun is the second-leading cause of death for Hispanic males and the leading cause of […]

Body Dysmorphia: Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Jennifer E. Engen

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), also called body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition that involves an overwhelming preoccupation with one’s body and appearance. Someone with BDD may focus excessively on minor physical flaws or worry about perceived flaws that others don’t notice. NickyLloyd / Getty Images In the Diagnostic and […]

Effects of harassment on mental health

Jennifer E. Engen

Harassment can impact a person’s mental health, according to Dr. Lynette Adams, clinical psychologist with VA’s Office of Women’s Health at William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. Unwanted sexual behaviors and harassing comments – which may also relate to an individual’s identity like race, gender, sexual orientation, or […]