Kirsten Haglund's Struggle With Anorexia Nervosa

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Miss America 2008 Kirsten Haglund shared that she used to struggle with anorexia nervosa, but reading the Bible saved her from the eating disorder.
Kirsten Haglund used her title as Miss America 2008 to speak out about the issue of eating disorders. She previously revealed that during her pre-teen years, she was only taking in coffee, gum, and Diet coke and only ate vegetables, fruit, or a bit of peanut butter every once in a while. Her own journey through and out of anorexia nervosa was published by CNN in March 2012.
In a new “I Am Second” video released ahead of the airing of the Miss America 2017 pageant on Sep. 11, Haglund is sharing anew how she suffered from anorexia nervosa and had a hard time finding her identity. However, reading …show more content…

At a young age, she discovered her love for ballet and had wanted to become a dancer all her life. Her momentum was cut short when her mother had breast cancer and her brother developed Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. At age 12, her situation caused her to become very insecure and yet she strived to become a professional ballet dancer.
Haglund said she pushed her physical limits and began spending more hours practicing in the studio, going on a diet and skipping lunch, and yet she felt proud of herself. This habit continued until she was 15, and yet her parents, who were nurses, did not notice that she was struggling with an eating disorder until a doctor diagnosed her of anorexia nervosa.
Angry at her mother for taking her to the doctor, she decided to gain just a bit of weight to let her parents think that she was doing fine and then return to being anorexic once again. Her plan broke down when she almost blacked out and fell while running on the treadmill. That was her turning point.
A friend gave Haglund a book which contained quotes from the Bible, so she began reading the Holy Book starting with Psalms. She was moved with King David’s words because they seemed so real to

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