Camp La Jolla

At Camp La Jolla, Christine Gardner and other teenagers have lost weight and gained self-esteem. Gardner left the camp over two years ago 50 lbs. lighter and, during the following year, lost another 50 lbs. “I really like who I am,” she said in a letter to camp staff, “I like to shop and I am proud to be a girl. I used to hide it in my baggy clothes.”

Now at age 16, Christine is going back to fat camp after being cut from her soccer and cross-country teams, losing her boyfriend, and being abandoned by some of her friends. Nancy Lenhart, owner of Camp La Jolla for 35 years, says, “She’s coming back to our teen weight loss camp to start over.” Apparently, while on a family vacation, Christine started to over eat and things just snowballed from there, causing her to gain back 50 lbs. of the weight she’d previously lost.

She’s received a four-week camp scholarship. “We see her as an inspiration to others as she shares her ordeal about how she’s fighting back and starting over. She will make a strong [positive] impact on others” at the camp.

To learn more about Christine and Camp La Jolla, a nationally acclaimed fitness and weight loss program for children, teens and adults, visit their website or call 1-800-825-TRIM. A video of the summer program can be viewed at the website. Camp La Jolla is located in La Jolla, California; accommodations are provided by University of California, San Diego.

Viannah E. Duncan

Viannah E. Duncan is a writer and activist hailing originally from Los Angeles. She lives outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has a cat, Cleo.

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