Farmington Hills Miss America keynotes eating disorders event

Press release

Kirsten Haglund
Kirsten Haglund (Wikimedia Commons)

When 19-year-old Kirsten Haglund of Farmington Hills became Miss America in 2008, she courageously shared her personal battle with anorexia. In the years since, she has devoted her life to helping others fight the disease.

“It is so important for people to know if they are struggling, they are not alone. Millions struggle with eating disorders and there are great treatment options,” Haglund said.

Thirty million Americans of all ages and genders struggle with an eating disorder. Every hour, someone dies as a direct result of an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

“Many people and families battle eating disorders every day. It can be especially challenging for teenagers. That’s why it’s so important to address the physical, emotional and social changes that occur during the adolescent years,” Jaime Taylor, D.O., medical director for Beaumont Children’s Hough Center for Adolescent Health Eating Disorders Clinic, said.

On Thursday, Nov. 30, Beaumont Children’s Hough Center for Adolescent Health and the Kirsten Haglund Foundation will host a free educational event featuring Haglund entitled, “Shedding the Light on Eating Disorders.” The event runs from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Qazi Auditorium at Beaumont Hospital, Troy in the Moceri Learning Center, at 44201 Dequindre Road, Troy. Beaumont Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, is the event sponsor.

A meet and greet with Kirsten Haglund and the experts will take place from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., along with refreshments. There will be a silent auction with all proceeds benefiting eating disorder treatment scholarships for patients at Beaumont Children’s Hough Center for Adolescent Health. The silent auction will open to the public on Nov. 20 at haglund.gesture.com.

Haglund will give a keynote speech, followed by a discussion with Beaumont Children’s Hough Center experts: Jaime Taylor, D.O., Lauren Baker, RD, Dana Shapero, Ph.D., and Rosanna Marrocco, CPNP.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • different types of eating disorders
  • red flags that could indicate a loved one has an eating disorder
  • the role nutrition plays in recovery from eating disorders
  • myths about eating disorders
  • how therapy can help with recovery

The event is free, but registration is requested. Sign up at kirstenhaglundfoundation.dm.networkforgood.com.