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Miss America 2008 speaks out on eating disorders at the Missouri Capitol

Date: March 28, 2013
By: Ke'yanna Johnson
State Capitol Bureau
Links: SB160, SB161

Some lawmakers in Missouri's State Capitol say health insurance companies should cover treatment for eating disorders and they're getting some help from a former Miss America.
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Wrap: Kirsten Haglund was Miss America in 2008. She says insurance companies should cover eating disorders like any other disease. 

Haglund says eating disorders has killed children as young as eight years-old and is a serious issue that needs adequate care. She says she struggled with Anorexia at the age of 12.

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Description: "I couldn't escape from my eating disorder. Even though I knew deep down something was wrong, but I couldn't get out of it by myself."

Haglund says eating disorders are treatable and people can recover, if given the proper care. The bill to cover eating disorders is pending before a legislative committee.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Ke'yanna Johnson.

Several lawmakers in the state Capitol are supporting legislation to provide health care coverage to Missourians with eating disorders, and they're receiving support from Miss America and a St. Louis Health Group.
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Wrap: Annie Seal from the Missouri Eating Disorders Association spoke in support of a bill that would require health insurance to cover treatment for eating disorders.

Seal says her daughter suffered from an eating disorder and was given treatment, but was denied  insurance coverage several times. 

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Description: "It's almost like having a kid with cancer and the oncologist saying, well we're half way through the program we're just going to stop chemo. It looks like it's being effective. we're just going to quit."

Seal says eating disorders have a very high fatality rate and is the deadliest of all mental illnesses. She says up to 20-percent of people with anorexia will die from their disease.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Ke'yanna Johnson.

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