She's had her turn with the Miss America crown and now Kirsten Haglund has started her own foundation to provide help to those battling eating disorders.
While body image is an issue many women struggle with, the National Institute of Mental Health says that for one in five women, the problem has deteriorated into an eating disorder.
Many woman of all shapes and sizes equate being fit with being happy, says Haglund, who was Miss America 2008. Haglund is one of the women who have now stepped up to discuss her past battles with an eating disorder illness to help inspire others to recovery.
The Kirsten Haglund Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide hope, networking, and financial aid to those seeking treatment and freedom from eating disorders.
Kirsten now uses her influence as a former Miss America to travel around the country being a role model to young girls and speaking to women about how to overcome the illness. One of her stops on this campaign trail will be one of the nation's leading inpatient treatment centers, Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating Disorders in Wickenburg to speak to patients and staff about eating disorder recovery.
Visit Kirsten's website at www.KirstenHaglund.org .
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