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10/20/17: 3 Articles You Need to Read This Week

We know you’re busy—that’s why we’re keeping up on the news for you. Here are some of the latest articles that are worth your time. Check back every Friday for more headlines you may have missed. (And don’t forget to take a peek at our brand-new website and let us know what you think!)

 

1. Facebook acquires tbh, a teen compliment app focused on improving mental health

The app, tbh ("to be honest"), has only been around since August 2017, but has more than 5 million users and is the number one app of all free apps in the iTunes store. The app allows users (who are mostly teens) to anonymously compliment one another, which the founders hope will increase mental health among teens. The founders of the app believe that tbh helps "fill the gap between being 'liked' and actually feeling appreciated." But could this kind of social media app make teens remove themselves even further from IRL interaction and communication? 

 

2. Four high school students in Kansas are running for governor

The four teens running for governor vary in their political views—one is a Democrat, two are Republican, and one is Libertarianbut they all have the same overall goal: to show their state that age doesn't hold them back. 

 

3. The number of obese teens continues to increase 

In the past forty years, the amount of kids and teens (ages 5-19) considered obese has risen tenfold, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and the World Heath Organization, published in The Lancet. In 2016, 124 million kids and teens were overweight compared with 11 million in 1975. If the quickly growing trend continues, the number of obese kids and teens will surpass the amount of underweight kids and teens by 2022. 

 

 

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