Milton High School teacher Michael Dorn usually teaches students mathematics but nowadays he is teaching students about eating disorders and how to spot the signs.
Dorn lost his daughter to an eating disorder, and he wants to use his role as a teacher to help other children learn how they can avoid falling victims to eating disorders.
The high school teacher’s daughter, Maria, died after battling anorexia for nearly three years. She started suffering the illness in her freshman year.
Speaking on the topic, Dorn said, “Eating disorders are real. They are something that can be recovered from but they are also dangerous and not something to be taken lightly. This is really the age where we need to get through to students that things are going on so that if something does develop, they can be there.”
Amid the ongoing National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (NAANAD) has warned that 11 per cent of students in American high schools are diagnosed with some type of eating disorder.
In a separate statement, the National Institute of Mental Health said that 3 per cent of affected adolescents don’t receive treatment.
The National Eating Disorders Association has predicted that as many as 10 million men and 20 million women in the U.S. will likely suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.