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At a red carpet charity ball held in Beverly Hills, California, guest speaker Kim MacKenzie, Miss Norway 2014, spoke about her struggles with an eating disorder. She says that without support, kids with eating disorders may never find help.
"The only help I received was from friends and family. But, if I hadn't told them that I was battling an eating disorder, no one would have known. No one would have been able to help me," states MacKenzie, "That's why this gala is so important to me, because kids battling eating disorders have to know that they have support. They have to feel comfortable talking about it. We hope to give them that."
The Dying to be Thin Red Carpet Gala was a joint effort between MacKenzie and youth activist Joi Hall, whose radio show Talking With Truth reaches teenagers and young adults nationally. The gala raised money for Psychotherapy Plus, a non-profit in the Inland Empire and San Bernardino areas since 2006.
The goal was to bring awareness to the escalation of youth eating disorders, which the National Institute of Health's study in 2011 said affected about 3 percent of adolescents in the U.S.
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