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If you're thinking about going on a diet, you might want to watch this and reconsider.

Considering going on a diet? Hold that thought and watch this first.

If you're thinking about going on a diet, you might want to watch this and reconsider.

We spend a lot of time thinking about weight.

So much time, in fact, that it's estimated the average woman wastes 355 days of her life — almost one full year — considering her weight and diet.


What else could we do with that time?

Uhhh, a whole lot! I mean, a two-hour nap each week seems like a better use of time, right?

So what's the deal? What does all of this diet obsession really mean?

We get stuck in vicious cycles of body dissatisfaction, weight obsession, and dieting. For some of us, it begins as early as 8 or 9 years old. And you know what's really happening? We're supporting capitalism with a giant, money-making lie that thrives off of our perceived failure.

The cycle is real.


Basically, we get stuck in a loop where we tell ourselves we need to go on a diet, we actually go on the diet, we lose the weight, we go off the diet, our body's all, "FOOD! Thank you!" and then we eventually gain the weight back.

And you know who wins?

Not you! Not me! When we get stuck in a cycle of dieting, the diet, beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries come out waaayyy ahead in the form of money. And we're just hurting our bodies and our self-esteem.

Listen, nobody is suggesting that we shouldn't make good choices with food and exercise if that's a priority for each of us. But the diet cycle is what's harmful, and that's different.

Watch Melissa talk about how diets hurt you and help capitalism.

She makes great points, doesn't she? It's something to keep in mind next time you find yourself thinking, "I really need to go on a diet."

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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