A lot of focus has been brought to bear on weight loss camps of late. The influx of reality based shows based on the plight of the overweight masses has been booming. Weight loss camps are the talk of all talk shows and are even being featured on sitcoms and soaps. The truth is that the weight loss camp was first introduced in California back in the 1950’s. These weight loss spas were considered a last ditch effort to regain that once svelte figure from the days of youth. There are hundreds if not thousands of these camps tucked away in beautiful rustic areas. They are designed for children, adolescents and adults. The overweight child turns into an overweight teen that becomes an overweight adult. This is the sad but true nature of obesity. There are a lot of causes for obesity. Some stem from heredity, others from medical issues and still others have their roots in the psychological make up of the individual. Food can be a friend or an enemy. The problem is that a lot of the people who are struggling with weight loss issues are living to eat and not eating to live.
Being “fat” in America is like having the bubonic plague. It is socially unacceptable to weight more than a little over a hundred pounds for females and is maybe one eighty for males. The country has an unspoken norm and if you do not measure up you are treated horridly. Not only by your peers but society at large is very fat unfriendly. If as adults we are having a hard time with the social norms imagine the effect on the children suffering from obesity. For most of them their lives are a series of hurtful events and feelings of shame and rejection. As small children it begins with the taunts and barbs because of the way you look. This is a very superficial country and it does not matter who you are on the inside. Ask any overweight child or teen and they will tell you they would rather be thin than a good person.
The focus of weight loss camps is to help youngsters deal with these feelings and find a more healthful way to enjoy being a kid. They try in a few months over summer vacation to undo years of low self-esteem and emotional eating. They attempt in a few months what cannot be truly accomplished for years. But the important thing here is it is a starting platform. The best camps offer health and healing for the total person. They understand that the weight is just an outward manifestation of an inner problem. These camps give the young person a brief timeout from being bashed and let them enjoy being around peers with similar issues and that will be supportive. They focus on teaching teens how to make healthier food choices and more importantly they get them moving. With the Internet, texting and video games children today burn fewer calories than at anytime in the past.
The weight loss camps for teens are a great way to get them started on a new and healthy life style.