Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Kirsten Haglund speaks out

Did you know that February 23rd through March 1st is Eating Disorders Awareness Week? According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, eating disorders are “statistically the deadliest of all mental illnesses”. In the video below, Kirsten Haglund, Miss America 2008 and founder of the Kirsten Haglund Foundation, joins Fox News to discuss various eating disorders, their impact on young women in particular, the reality of eating disorders as a severe mental illness, and the need for treatment and coverage by health insurance.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.