Break the silence over teen eating disorders, says Milton EA President Michael Dorn, who lost a daughter

Milton Education Association President Michael Dorn and his wife Alita have gone public with the story of how their daughter Maria suffered from an eating disorder so severe that she took her own life. They want to encourage other parents to be vigilant in watching for signs of eating disorders in their children, talk openly and make sure their children get appropriate treatment when necessary.

“Break the silence. Get rid of the secret. The secret is powerful. Take away the secret’s power by speaking out,” Michael Dorn advised anyone suffering from an eating disorder. “This disease thrives in secrecy, and it withers when there’s openness. Tell someone. Get help,” he said in the Janesville Gazette.

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Family’s loss inspires awareness, hope for eating disorder sufferers

MILTON-Maria Dorn should have been dressed in a red cap and gown, received her diploma and joined her friends and family in celebrating her graduation from Milton High School on Sunday. But she never crossed the stage. Maria took her own life Dec. 3 after a years-long struggle with anorexia.

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Family’s loss inspires awareness, hope for eating disorder sufferers

A Milton High School senior took her own life after struggling for years with anorexia. Now her parents hope an eating disorder awareness organization and event will help inspire change and hope in Wisconsin.