Kirsten Haglund, who was crowned Miss America 2008 and is 22, will appear at a news conference at 11 a.m. Friday to talk about her teenage struggles with the anorexia nervosa.
Up to 10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men in the U.S. suffer from eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, according to the National Eating Disorders Assn. The symptoms of anorexia include a fear of gaining weight or being seen as fat, or feeling fat despite dramatic weight losses, according to the association.
“Kirsten’s willingness to speak out is a huge piece,” said Robert Weiner, spokesman for event organizer CRC Health Group, a treatment provider for youth and adults struggling with behavioral issues. “Someone as well known and interesting as her to have this problem is a big help to bringing awareness.”