Former Miss America Speaks Out Against Eating Disorders

Published 03/03 2014 10:26PM

Updated 03/03 2014 10:31PM

PEORIA - A former Miss America is trying to spread the awareness of the dangers of eating disorders.

2008 Miss America Kirsten Haglund was at Bradley University tonight to give a talk titled, "Sexy, Shameful, Stigmatized."

She talked about how the modern image of women can lead younger girls in to eating disorders.

Haglund used to battle anorexia and is now an ambassador for the National Eating Disorder Association.

She wants students to know that they don't have to follow body stereotypes.

"So many people think that eating disorders, disordered dieting behaviors, over-exercising, that those things are normal, or that those things are normal, or that they are just a phase people go though," Haglund said. "Honestly, to be at war with your body, at anytime in your life, really, but for college students especially, is not okay."

Monday night's presentation was put on by "The Body Project"

Haglund also her own foundation - its mission is to raise funds to assist families and individuals battling eating disorders.

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