Why Weight Loss Camp is a
Great Solution for Overweight Teens
by Richard Rossbauer
...habits as simple as packing a healthy, well-balanced lunch or walking home
from school instead of riding in a school bus or waiting to be picked up by a
For many adolescents, a
camp is probably the best way for overweight
teens to lose weight and fight
Obesity research is showing the youth
of today that eating right is better than eating fast.
The tie in between child
obesity and fast food has prompted
many schools to change the kind of
foods they offer in their cafeterias..
Instead of struggling with cafeteria temptations,
schoolyard taunts or
parental pressures, teens can learn
good habits at camp, develop lifelong programs and begin
a healthy lifestyle -
not just for a summer.
Free from temptations attacking their will power and
encouraged to engage in physical activities, most teens
participating will drop the pounds and keep them off.
Dropping pounds is not only great for critical health
considerations, but also for self-esteem and mental
well-being. Additionally, it's an encouraging start to
developing lifelong healthy habits.
Speaking of Developing Healthy
At a good quality camp, the focus won't just be on your
teen losing 15 pounds this summer.
Instead, they'll teach an adolescent healthy habits they can take home
and practice throughout the school year and beyond...
These are some of the good healthy habits that lead to losing weight and toning
their developing bodies.
In addition to learning healthy eating and lifestyle habits, teens also engage
in regulated exercise programs. Though most are designed to be fun - like games
- they also learn a wide range of exercises and skills they can take home and
implement as part of an ongoing lifestyle.
And because many overweight teens are hesitant to join in physical activities at
school or in gym class, the supportive environment of the camp is often the best
starting point to receive reinforcement for healthy choices.
One of the most difficult consequences of adolescent obesity is low self-esteem.
Whether it's dealing with teasing and taunting in the school environment or
wrestling with a poor body image, teens are particularly prone at their young
ages to experiencing these problems.
And in extreme cases, a teenager's low self esteem can lead to some very
serious depression and even tragic consequences.
In contrast, most teens thrive in a weight loss camp environment - learning not
just how to lose pounds and keep them off, but also how to accept their changing
bodies. The best part? They can do so with a group of others who are supportive
and enjoy the same healthy benefits.
Some of the greatest advantages of a weight loss camp for teens are the
friendships developed in an environment free from social pressures. Because the
adolescents share common issues with their bodies and weight loss goals, the
bonds are both deep and supportive - and tend to last well beyond the duration
of the camp experience.