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APPLY NOW: Business Insider is hiring a paid video intern


Bottom Line Henry AppleBusiness Insider is hiring a video intern to edit and shoot videos for the fastest-growing business news site. 

The ideal candidate has superb post-production video editing skills while also having an interest in research and writing, especially in the areas of finance and business.

This intern should know how to use Adobe Premiere, Final Cut, After Effects and Photoshop, along with various types of audio and digital video equipment. 

Any of the following are a big plus: knowledge of Excel, interest in the markets, camera skills and animation skills. 

The candidate should be able to edit and produce the types of videos published at Business Insider:

APPLY HERE with your resume and cover letter if interested. Please include links in your cover letter to any relevant videos you've worked on. 

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Business Insider is hiring a paid graphic design intern


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Business Insider is looking for a Graphic Design Intern to join the newsroom's Graphics team immediately.

Projects would range from basic Photoshop requests to more creative assignments such as maps, charts and infographics — like these. 

As an intern here, you'll gain valuable experience collaborating with journalists and designers in a fast-paced and fun work environment.

Other perks at BI include free snacks, ping pong, and never having to fetch coffee.


The ideal intern will be a super creative team player with amazing attention to detail. Other desired skills include:

  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Mac proficiency
  • Experience with illustration, data visualization, typography, GIFs, layout design, photo editing, and infographics.
  • Social media savvy -- you know what our audience wants to see and share.
  • You're a confident designer comfortable pitching and defending your work. 

To see the type of graphics work we do, check out our Twitter account and our Instagram.

Please note: This internship requires that you work in our Manhattan office a minimum of three days a week, preferably full-time at 40 hours a week. 

Apply herewith a résumé and cover letter if this sounds like your dream job, and specify why you're interested in working on our graphics team. 

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The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state


The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs, Arizona

The United States is a nation of spectacular natural, geological, and cultural diversity. 

The third largest country by size in the world, the US contains landscapes as varied as the vast white sand dunes of New Mexico and the watery wilderness formed by trees and marshland in Florida.

Picking 50 wonders wasn't easy, but here are the most beautiful natural attractions in each state.

Melissa Stanger and Sophie-Claire Hoeller contributed reporting to a previous version of this post.

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ALABAMA: Noccalula Falls is a 90-foot waterfall with its own gorge trail. Visits can explore an aboriginal fort, a pioneer homestead, Civil War carvings, and caves nearby.

Source: National Park Service

ALASKA: The Northern Lights, also known as the aurora borealis, is a spectacular natural light show caused by the collision of solar wind with particles in our atmosphere.

Source: Alaska Tour Jobs

ARIZONA: Step aside, Grand Canyon. The Wave rivals the famous landmark's beauty with its colorful, undulating sandstone rock formations carved by time and erosion.

Source: TheWave.info

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A former Google engineer uses the same 5-minute practice to defuse tension at home and at work


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Anyone who's been in a relationship knows that a person's "work personality" doesn't always match up to their "home personality."

As in: There's a slim chance your partner would blow up at a coworker for playing his music slightly too loud. But she might very well let into you for listening to an annoying podcast without headphones while she's trying to sleep.

In his 2012 book, "Search Inside Yourself," former Google engineer Chade-Meng Tan shares how he's learned to take parts of his work personality home with him.

Tan, who was Google employee No. 107, is also the creator of the wildly popular emotional-intelligence course by the same name as the book, which he taught to thousands of his coworkers. (The course has since spread across the globe.)

In the book, Tan explains how an adaption of the "Just Like Me/Loving Kindness" practice, which he teaches in SIY, has benefitted his interpersonal relationships — specifically, his marriage.

Tan writes:

"Whenever I have a fight with my wife or a co-worker, I go to another room to calm down and after a few minutes of calming down, I do this exercise in stealth.

"I visualize the other person in the next room. I remind myself that this person is just like me, wants to be free from suffering just like me, wants to be happy just like me, and so on. And then I wish that person wellness, happiness, freedom from suffering, and so on.

"After just a few minutes of doing this, I feel much better about myself, about the other person, and about the whole situation. A large part of my anger dissipates immediately."

Tan goes on: "I reckon this practice is a major reason being married to me does not totally suck."

This exercise can be harder than it sounds. When you're in the middle of a heated conflict with your partner, you'll have to override the natural impulse to shout something cruel and hurtful. It'll take some time before it becomes a habit.

But this exercise is also a neat example of how you can help defuse a conflict by working on your own response. Instead of focusing on changing your partner's behavior, you're reframing the way you see the situation — which, in the end, is really all you can control.

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Obesity rates are skyrocketing, and dietitians say a key factor may be to blame


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One in ten of the world's 7.5 billion inhabitants is obese.

That's the finding of a comprehensive new study which shows that the prevalence of people who are overweight or obese has been on the rise worldwide for the past 30 years. While obesity rates doubled in 73 of the 195 countries the study analyzed, the US still managed to stand out with the largest percentage increase of any country.

One of the key drivers of the problem is something Ashkan Afshin, an assistant professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and the lead author of the study, calls our "food environment." Globally, more processed, caloric foods are available to more people than at any other point in history, Afshin told the New York Times.

This has local implications as well. One of the biggest challenges that people struggling to lose weight and keep it off face, according to nutritionists and dietitians, is a chronic lack of healthy food options.

"We live in a society where making healthy choices and being at a healthy weight, it’s not defaulted toward that," says Andy Bellatti, a registered dietitian and the cofounder of Dietitians for Professional Integrity. "Unhealthy foods are cheaper and they're everywhere; if you go to any store, you can buy a candy bar at the checkout but not a piece of fruit."

This is one of the reasons they say things like restrictive diets and fast weight loss are not sustainable. After all, once you go on a diet, you have to come off it. Instead of focusing on quick solutions, Bellatti says slow progress is the best way to set yourself up for longterm success.

"You've got to give yourself two, three, even four years of consistent behavioral changes," Bellatti says. "That is hard work. You’re building new habits. And that takes time."

That means instead of aiming to drop three sizes in a few weeks by drinking nothing but lemon juice, you should start incorporating small tweaks into your daily routine, such as eating more leafy vegetables, avoiding refined carbohydrates like white bread, and ensuring you're getting enough sleep and drinking enough water.

It's important to keep in mind too that obesity is a complex issue that is influenced by things outside of our control like genetics. But if you're looking to lose weight via behavioral change, experts recommend focusing on small, sustainable tweaks.

"I'd say nine times out of 10 the people who change slowly and do manageable goals are the people who three years out still have success," says Bellatti.

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What America's most prestigious private schools are making students read this summer


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The summer months symbolize pleasure reading at its best.

It's a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you've always meant to start.

But students at some of America's most prestigious private schools are digging into substantial works this summer. The required or suggested texts relate to politics, race and identity, and then there are some of those high school classics.

Check out the 2017 reading lists of rising seniors at reputable private schools across the US:

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The Hotchkiss School — Lakeville, Connecticut

All students must read:

• "The Other Wes Moore," by Wes Moore.

Seniors must:

• Read (novel) — "The Things They Carried," by Tim O'Brien

• Watch — "The Hunger Games," by Gary Ross (2012)

• Read (poem) — "The Powwow at the End of the World," by Sherman Alexie



Deerfield Academy — Deerfield, Massachusetts

Students must read four books that they choose from a list of over 50. Titles on the list include:

• "Hillbilly Elegy," J.D. Vance

• "The Short and Tragic life of Robert Peace," by Jeff Hobbs

"Half of a Yellow Sun," by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"A Clockwork Orange," by Anthony Burgess

"Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison

"Madame Bovary," by Gustave Flaubert

The Harker School — San Jose, California

English teachers at the school put together the following list of recommended summer reading:

• "Beloved," Toni Morrison

"Slouching Towards Bethlehem," by Joan Didion

"Native Son," by Richard Wright

"Interpreter of Maladies," by Jhumpa Lahiri

"The Omnivore's Dilemma," by Michael Pollan

• "Beowulf," Seamus Heaney



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We tasted everything on Taco Bell's most overlooked menu — here's the verdict


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Taco Bell... for breakfast?

The Tex-Mex fast-food chain with a reputation for being a popular — ahem— late-night food destination does in fact have a breakfast menu.

Think about it: eggs, salsa, cheese, tortillas... Tex-Mex is tailor made for breakfast.

The menu is available till 11am, which is good news for those who like to get a bit of extra sleep. But what to order from this oft-overlooked morning option?

Limited-time offers aside (I'm still mourning the loss of the Breakfast Quesalupas), here are the breakfast menu items ranked from worst to best.

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13. Bacon Breakfast Burrito

A deadly surge of hot, incredibly salty cheese with some slight bacon debris engulfed the first bite of this. In moderation, the liquid cheese Taco Bell uses is fine — one might even go so far as to say it's good. But when confronted with a flow of such magnitude, the cheese runs rampant, mercilessly trampling the taste buds. This burrito is outrageously salty, and it tastes as though it may be actively undermining my health. 

12. Sausage Quesadilla

Very thin — very, very, thin, both in profile and taste.

All fast-food items need a raison d'être, a solid logic and purpose to its being. This has none apparent; it is an inconsequential pancake of tortilla, meat, egg, and cheese. The quesadilla cools rapidly, leaving it a congealed, clammy slab. Plus, there's a solid inch of solitary tortilla around the edges — the dreaded quesadilla no man's land.

11. Bacon Quesadilla

See above. I would steer clear of the quesadillas, unless you take joy in... the lack thereof. It's the hair shirt of the Taco Bell breakfast menu. 

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Go inside the housing startup that puts millennials up in multimillion-dollar Silicon Valley mansions


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As millennials continue to move in droves to the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most expensive rental markets in America, housing companies are catering to them in new ways.

Young people have long crowded into single-family homes and apartments with large numbers of roommates, in an effort to save money and find community. Now companies are capitalizing on the trend by creating all-inclusive housing that comes with lots of perks like free internet, maid service, and a built-in social network. In exchange, residents pay rent to the startup instead of a typical landlord.

Founded in 2016, co-living startup HubHaus is a fast-rising challenger in the space. Unlike competitors like WeLive and Common that offer rooms in apartment-style digs, HubHaus puts people up in multimillion-dollar houses. "Members," as residents are called, can join one of 41 (and growing) houses in the San Francisco Bay Area and instantly tap into amenities.

We met up with HubHaus cofounder and CEO Shruti Merchant in the Los Altos, California, home valued at $3.69 million that she shares with eight other people. Here's what it was like.

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In 2015, 23-year-old tech entrepreneur Shruti Merchant was living in Cupertino, California, in a single-family home she would never be able to afford if it weren't for her six roommates.

A group of her friends put together a down payment and turned the suburban estate into a communal living, or "co-living," oasis. The medical school drop-out found that co-living had its perks — like the quality of real estate they could afford together — but was not without its flaws.

Because of the number of roommates, turnover was high. The residents kept busy hunting for people to fill vacancies and collecting rent payments each month. It became a hassle.

The idea for HubHaus came from her desire to create hassle-free shared housing. The startup leases homes from owners and finds community-seeking tenants to fill them.

"We take care of the logistics so people can focus on the community," Merchant said.

Over the past year, the company has expanded to 41 houses in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Members pay on average $1,275 a month to live in beautiful homes located near Silicon Valley tech companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Tesla, as well as movie studios in LA.

Rent ranges from $500 to $2,600 per month, based on variables including location, access to a private or shared bath, square footage of the room, and amenities like a pool and parking.

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Tour the Washington hotel that's become the most scandalous in America


Mayflower HotelThe Mayflower Hotel is no stranger to political scandals. 

This week, the hotel, which is know as Washington's "second best address" after the White House, returned to the spotlight as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday. 

Sessions was questioned about an event at the Mayflower in April of 2016 where President Trump gave a pro-Russia speech. Sessions denied reports that he had a private meeting at the hotel with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

This isn't the first time the Mayflower has found itself at the center of a political scandal. 

Take a look back at the hotel's history:  

The Mayflower Hotel is located in downtown Washington D.C., five blocks away from the White House.

It's known as the "Hotel of Presidents" and was once was referred to by President Harry Truman as "Washington's second-best address."

Source: The New York Times

Doors first opened in 1925 with the inaugural ball of President Calvin Coolidge.

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I traveled to Waco, Texas to see the town that's been transformed by HGTV's hit show 'Fixer Upper' — here's what it's like


Chip and Joanna Gaines

After four successful seasons of "Fixer Upper" on HGTV, Joanna and Chip Gaines are most well-known for their show where they sell houses and style them for lucky clients in Waco, TX.

But the Gaineses have come a long way from their small business flipping houses. Nowadays, it's safe to say they've built a nationally recognized lifestyle brand.

They opened a bakery, publish a quarterly journal, and are now launching a home paint and wallpaper line, among other things. 

Along the way they've stayed true to their roots in Waco, often lifting up other small business owners with them.

A longtime fan of the show, I recently decided to get off my couch and head to Waco to check out its "Fixer Upper" transformation. 

First, I had to get there. I flew into Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, rented a car, and drove about 100 miles north to Waco. It's about equidistant from the Dallas airport.

Back before "Fixer Upper" the TV show, while Chip Gaines was flipping houses, Joanna Gaines had a dream to run a boutique home goods shop. The original Magnolia store she opened still stands off a busy street, but they recently moved their business to a bigger store. You can drive by but the store itself is closed to the public.

Now you can visit the Magnolia Market at the Silos instead. The Silos were an abandoned fixture in Waco until Joanna and Chip bought them and relocated their shop next door.

To read more about the journey from small Magnolia shop to the Silos, check out "The Magnolia Story," Chip and Joanna's recently released memoir. 

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The 9 best jobs for people who love food


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Foodies, listen up. These are some jobs that you can really sink your teeth into.

We checked out the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs, and looked at salary data and job growth projections on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' website to find some of the best jobs for food lovers.

O*NET ranks jobs on how important it is to know about food production between 1 and 100, with a higher score indicating that more knowledge about food production is necessary.

Here are nine positions with a food production-importance level of 50 or higher, that pay more than the median annual wage of $37,040 a year, and are projected to grow by 2024:

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9. Food science technicians

Median salary: $37,550

Food production knowledge importance level: 55

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 5% to 8%

Food science technicians perform standardized qualitative and quantitative tests to determine physical or chemical properties of food or beverage products.

8. Food service managers

Median salary: $50,820

Food production knowledge importance level: 56

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 5% to 8%

Food service managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities of an organization or department that serves food and beverages.

7. Agricultural engineers

Median salary: $73,640

Food production knowledge importance level: 57

Projected growth from 2014 to 2024: 2% to 4%

Agricultural engineers apply knowledge of engineering technology and biological science to agricultural problems.

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Dolce & Gabbana is mocking anti-Melania Trump boycott threats with $245 t-shirt and fake protest video


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Dolce & Gabbana is doubling down in its support of First Lady Melania Trump. 

The Italian fashion brand, which has faced criticism is recent months for dressing the president's wife, is now selling a $245 t-shirt that reads "#Boycott Dolce & Gabbana." 

To accompany the t-shirt launch, Dolce & Gabbana also released a video showing a faux protest packed with young models wearing the t-shirts and joyfully yelling "boycott" as confetti falls from the sky. Bystanders, police, and newscasters look on as the "boycotters" laugh and scream. 

Here are some photos of the t-shirt:

The #BoycottDolceGabbana t-shirt is now on our online store. Link in Bio. #DGWomen

A post shared by Dolce & Gabbana (@dolcegabbana) on Jun 9, 2017 at 3:11am PDT on

Me for #boycottdolcegabbana ---> go on #dolcegabbana online and find the pictures ❤❤❤❤

A post shared by Diletta Porro (@dilettaporro) on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:38pm PDT on

SCATENATI!!!!! 😂😂😂❤️❤️❤️❤️ #BOYCOTTDOLCEGABBANA #fakenews #realtshirt CIAO #haters 😂😂❤️❤️❤️❤️😘

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Criticism of Dolce & Gabbana's enthusiastic support of Ms. Trump reached a fever pitch in May, when she wore a $51,500 Dolce & Gabbana jacket at the annual G-7 summit in Catania, Italy. However, the Italian designers have been unmoved by criticism.

@the_newyork_times ❤️❤️❤️❤️ @flotus ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #DGWoman 👸🏼 Thank you #madeinitaly🇮🇹

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Stefano Gabbana's Instagram is filled with photos of the first lady, along with photos promoting the "Boycott" t-shirts.

@flotus ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ #DGWoman ❤️❤️❤️ THANK YOU 🇺🇸🇮🇹

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Most recently on Tuesday, Gabbana posted a photo of Melania Trump arriving at the White House, with the caption "THANK YOU," alongside heart and US and Italian flag emojis.  

Here's the video that promotes the t-shirt with a faux protest: 


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There's one summer dress code rule you should never break, even if your office is really casual


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Men often wonder if they can "get away" with wearing shorts to work when it's hot outside.

The use of that phrase, however, belies the in the inherent taboo in what you're doing. It means you know wearing shorts at work shouldn't be done, but you want to do it anyway. 

"If I wear shorts, will someone at work say something?" is what they're really thinking. "Will I be committing a major faux pas, or will people forget the next day?"

The truth is there's no way to "get away" with wearing shorts at the office. The reason why you shouldn't wear shorts to work isn't because your boss will get mad, but because you'll be putting yourself at a professional disadvantage.  

The reason why it's so important to dress for the office is a psychological one: It gives you confidence.

As menswear expert G. Bryce Boyer writes in his book "True Style: The History and Principles of Classic Menswear: "Appropriate dress frees us from the anxieties and liabilities of sending negative and confusing messages."

Wearing appropriate dress puts you in a state of mind to worry about more important things. Improving your confidence can actually have an effect on your performance at work, leaving you less worried about whether your shorts are appropriate and more concerned with serving your clients, colleagues, and managers.

Studies have shown that dressing appropriately and more formally for work has tangible benefits in the real world, and it can even make you more successful in the long run. Not wearing shorts at work certainly falls in this category. 

You should also consider the laid-back vibe you're giving off in the office. Think about it: all else being equal, who is the promotion going to go to — the guy who wears a pressed button-up and khakis every day, or the guy who decides everyone in the office needs to see his pale legs every time the mercury rises? Essentially, it's hard to take men who wear shorts at work seriously. Dress for the job you want, as the old saying goes.

There are alternatives if you don't want to roast all summer in your work clothes. A pair of lightweight chinos or dress pants in a summer-friendly color are exactly what you need to look both appropriate and cool for the hottest months of the year.

So can you "get away" with wearing shorts to work? Sure — if you don't care about your career.

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17 stunning roads in the US you should drive before you die


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If you're planning a road trip in the US, there are plenty of beautiful routes worth passing through.

It's hard to imagine we'll get to all of them in this lifetime. But if you want to try, consider this a guide to finding the best of the best out there.

Scroll down for a closer look:

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ALASKA: Seward Highway

Take a two-hour drive between Anchorage to Seward, a tiny seaside community, and you will pass the Chugach Mountains and the gorgeous shores of the Turnagain arm.

ARIZONA: Highway 89

Although Route 66 has become synonymous with American wanderlust and freedom, there are other choices in Arizona with some staggering views. Take Highway 89 from Flagstaff, Arizona to see views of the Grand Canyon, Echo Cliffs, and the Vermilion Cliffs.

CALIFORNIA: Pacific Coast Highway

This is a very common recommendation, but for a reason. The winding Pacific Coast Highway is the longest state route in California and provides sweeping views of the water. It doubles as an easy route to popular cities like Long Beach and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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'First kid' Barron Trump is heading to a $40,000 private school in Maryland — here's where the other first kids went to school


In this April 17, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, accompanied by first Lady Melania Trump, introduces their son Barron Trump from the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, during the annual Easter Egg Roll. Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Melania, meanwhile, has been a largely distant presence so far, remaining in New York for the most part while their son Barron finishes out the school year. But she is gradually spending more time in Washington and did give her husband a gentle nudge to put his hand on his heart during the playing of the national anthem at the Easter egg roll.

First Lady Melania Trump announced in May that her son Barron will start school  this fall at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.

Melania and Barron Trump moved into the White House on Sunday, which they had delayed so that Barron could finish the year at his New York City-based day school rather than moving to Washington, D.C. right away.

With an eye on first kids who were teenagers or young adults when their parents lived in the White House, as far back as President Richard Nixon, Business Insider took a look at elementary, middle, or high schools they attended.

Take a look below to see who attended prep schools in the nation's capitol, and who went elsewhere.

SEE ALSO: Melania and Barron have moved to the White House — here's the $40,000 private middle school Barron will attend this fall

Barron Trump — St. Andrew's Episcopal School

If Barron's $40,000-a-year tuition payment seems steep, it's nothing compared to the cost of secret service protection in New York City for the first family, which is estimated to be $1 million a day.

Sasha Obama — Sidwell Friends School

Sasha is a rising junior at the Washington, D.C.-based school that has educated multiple first kids. The Obamas have said they will stay in D.C. until Sasha graduates from high school. Sidwell costs students about $40,000 a year.

Malia Obama — Sidwell Friends School

Malia graduated from Sidwell last spring, and announced she would take a gap year before starting college at Harvard University. She starts at Harvard in the fall.

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How much weight you should lose each week if you want to keep it off, according to a nutritionist


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When JD Roth first got involved with “The Biggest Loser,” the reality show in which people compete to lose the most weight in five months, he assumed he could get contestants to shed about 100 pounds each.

The doctors he spoke with, however, had a much different idea. They told him people should only lose about one to two pounds per week, or around 30 pounds in one season of the show.

When Roth took that number to the network, they turned him down. So season after season, the show’s contestants lost one to two pounds per day— essentially seven times what doctors had said was healthy.

Today, many former "Biggest Loser" winners have regained some, all, or more weight than they lost. A 2016 study from the National Institutes of Health found that of the 14 former "Biggest Losers" they followed, 13 regained a significant portion of the weight they lost on the show. Four were heavier in 2016 than they were before they arrived on the set.

Experts say there are many reasons for this, but one glaring cause is that the contestants were simply losing too much weight too fast. That approach doesn't give people the time they need to create new lifestyle patterns like cooking with new ingredients, substituting fast food for meals and snacks that are packed at home, and incorporating more vegetables and whole grains into their diets.

“You’ve got to give yourself two, three, four years of consistent behavioral changes. That is hard work. You’re building new habits. And that takes time,” Andy Bellatti, a registered dietitian and the cofounder of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, told Business Insider.

Bellatti and other experts agree that losing one to two pounds per week is a good ballpark number for safe, sustainable weight loss.

Philip Stanforth, a professor of exercise science at the University of Texas and the executive director of the Fitness Institute of Texas, says losing "a few pounds a week" is "a lot more sustainable than losing a whole bunch at once."

Losing weight gradually gives people enough time to create new healthy eating and exercise patterns that they can maintain for life.

“I’d say nine times out of 10 the people who change slowly and do manageable goals are the people who three years out still have success," said Bellatti. "I know many people who’ve gone on some kind of crash diet for a week and lose a bunch of weight and a few months later they’re back to square one.”

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