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    Talking to teens: Healthy bodies

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    Elisa Brooks
    Mill Valley, California

    My daughter whom is 15 almost 16 recently lost her father, two years ago. She struggles from depression. Serious depression. She got on anti-depressants and it has helped her so much along with mood stabilizing meds. She is now doing great! The side effect? Weight Gain. She gained a ton of weight. Did not want to nag her and then make her Depressed. Gave her a gym membership and she has gone every single day but Christmas when they were closed. I feel weight, health and happiness are All Equally Important. She has lost 15 pounds just by exercising like crazy! When she leaves the gym she is glowing and happy! I do talk to her gently and daily about establishing a healthy lifestyle now because this is the ground work for life! I do have a son and he is almost 22, living on his own. He is mainly a vegetarian and very fit on his own accord. He volunteers at the SF Food Bank full time. My daily practice of yoga has sustained me thru all sorts of tough times … Great subject with big impact in tough world today. Diabetes runs in my family and this weight issue/diabetes is Big.
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