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1I am getting ready for a big dance at school and my friend says she lost 7 pounds in a week by starving herself. Is that safe?
Starving yourself is never safe. The best way to lose weight is by adopting a long-term lifestyle change. There are many places that can help you learn how to lose weight in a healthy way.

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2I am the first person in my family who plans to go to college and my parents love me,but they don't know how to advise me. I don't know where to begin. Do you have any advice?
I will graduate in 2018.Start with your school guidance counselor. Guidance counselors should have all the resources on colleges and should have resources on the types of schools you would be eligible for based on your GPA, and things like financial aid and work-study.

You can also check out these resources:

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3My best friends and I have been friends since 3rd grade. We've always gotten along great, but now they have started going to a lot of parties and drinking and smoking pot. I still want to be friends with them, but I don't agree with their behavior and they keep pressuring me. How can I get them to understand?
If they are truly your friends, they will not try to pressure you to do something you aren’t comfortable with. Sometimes, however, friends grow apart as they get older and realize that their interest are no longer the same. It may be that you will always be friends, but may not hang out together as you once did, especially if they are engaging in behavior you don’t want to be a part of.

Here are some tips on dealing with peer pressure and managing friendships:

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4My boyfriend is pressuring me to have sex and I really don't think I am ready. How canI explain it to him? I don't want to break up, but I am not ready for sex. 

If he truly cares for you, he will understand. Be honest with him and explain your feelings.

Here is a great article on the subject:

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5I just moved to a new school and it is hard to make new friends. The other girls at school haven't invited me to any parties and they post mean things about me on Instagram. How can I get them to stop?
Sometimes, girls form “cliques” that are exclusive to certain groups of people and they don’t like to let “outsiders” in to their group. It sounds like that is what you are dealing with. Try not to take it personally. They are the ones missing out on meeting a great person.

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