Jen Larsen has struggled with her weight for as long as she can remember. At her heaviest, she was more than 300 pounds, and she became desperate for a way out of the depression, anxiety and fear that plagued her. "I was afraid to be looked at. I was afraid to talk to people," she says. She became convinced that a dangerous weight loss surgery would change everything. Though it helped Jen lose nearly 200 pounds, she was heartbroken to find that her depression and feelings of inadequacy remained, a topic she details in her memoir, Stranger Here.
To better understand Jen's story, Jonas Elrod, star of the new OWN series "In Deep Shift with Jonas Elrod" travels to Jen's hometown to meet with her mother, Mary. Like her daughter, Mary has struggled with her weight since childhood.