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Miss Norway to Speak about Her Eating Disorder Battle at the Dying to Be Thin Red Carpet Gala

  (June 03, 2014)
Miss Norway to Speak about Her Eating Disorder Battle at the Dying to Be Thin Red Carpet Gala

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 03, 2014

According to a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded study in 2011, 3% of U.S. adolescents are affected by an eating disorder, but most do not receive treatment for their condition. Kim MacKenzie, Miss Norway 2014, who will be appearing at the Dying to Be Thin Red Carpet Gala on June 27, 2014, was a part of this percentage.

The only help I received was from friends and family. But, if I hadnt 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, Thats 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.

MacKenzie is teaming up with Joi Hall, a holistic, self-empowerment youth activist, motivational speaker, wellness and lifestyle coach, radio host of Talking with Truth, and creator of Empowered by Joi. Together, MacKenzie and Hall will be using the Dying to Be Thin Red Carpet Gala to raise funds for Psycotherapy Plus, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, local agency that has served the Inland Empire and San Bernadino and surrounding areas since 2006. Their goal: to bring awareness about the escalation and severity of youth eating disorders amongst our children as young as second and third grade, erase the stigmas surrounding youth eating disorders such as age, gender, and ethnicity, and, show that through collaboration, there is a solution to this mental illness.

Most people dont categorize an eating disorder as a mental illness, explains MacKenzie, But it is. In fact, according to the NIMH, a majority of youth with eating disorders also meet criteria for at least one other psychiatric disorder such as depression; and, youth with eating disorders associate with higher levels of suicidal thinking, compared to those without an eating disorder.

Dying to Be Thin Red Carpet Gala will take place on June 27, 2014 at 7:30PM at Sfixio in Beverly Hills. General admission tickets are $35. VIP tickets are $50. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or on

About Kim MacKenzie, Miss Norway 2014:

Kim MacKenzie is a Burbank-born screenwriter, producer, actress, and multi-passionate entrepreneur. Named "Pilates Pro" by Oxygen Magazine, as president and spokeswoman for The Body Archer, Kim helps millions of Americans relieve back pain with her companys doctor-recommended back stretching chair, The Body Archer®. Nominated for three WEGO Health Activist Awards, her writing on healthy living has been featured in Spafinder Wellness 365, Classtivity, Become Natural, Hearts of Gold, and The Care Co. Kim has also permeated the entertainment industry as a screenwriter, actress, and producer. Her film BRO starring Danny Trejo was distributed by Lionsgate in December 2012. As Miss Norway 2014 in the Queen of the Universe Pageant, Kim is sponsored by Rocks Tree and Hillside Service, The Body Archer, and Confessions of a Woman series author, Isabell Wells. Kims mission is to combine health and entertainment, inspiring people to live healthy, well-balanced, abundant lives.

About Joi Hall, Empowered by Joi:

Joi Hall is the founder of "Empowered By Joi". She is a self empowerment youth activist, motivational speaker, and soon to be author who has appeared on The Fox Morning Show, The Sheryl Lee Ralph Radio Show, and and has spoken at church organizations, youth events, and various organizations about natural health and family life, mindset reformation for success, and entrepreneurship. She uses insights from her background as a young entrepreneur, success coach, and chronic disease warrior to create personal and captivating presentations that inspire results. As a young mother of 3 children, she is dedicated to creating a movement of empowering and transforming the lives of our youth, and communities from a holistic perspective through self development, health and wellness initiatives, community involvement, and leadership. She is a true asset to youth organizations that want to increase productivity, morale and the health of their youth.

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