Choosing a Teen Weight Loss Camp

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Years ago there were only a handful of teen weight loss camps to choose from. With exponentially increasing childhood obesity in rates never before seen in the United States’ history, today there are a myriad of camp options and choices for parents and children. What should one look for in a summer weight loss camp?

Start With Causes of Teen Obesity

Obesity in adolescence results from unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical activity, or both combined, according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Parents and teens should take these factors into account and select a weight loss camp that addresses both of the causes. Learning about a summer camp’s specialized nutritional plan and credibility must be a priority. The weight loss camp experience is meant to jumpstart young adults’ change in lifestyle. Finding a camp with a variety of activities will ease the facilitation of the transition as the camper will have more chances of participating in programs they are already interested in and have the opportunity to discover a new recreation. “When anyone, child or adult, has a personal interest in an activity, they are motivated to get involved,” said camp director Ira Green of non-profit Camp Shining Stars in Wilson, North Carolina. “We are the only camp that allows campers to choose from three activity options. It’s a win-win situation, campers work harder in activities they have selected on their own and we love teaching campers who have a real interest in learning.”

Effects of Teen Obesity

Choosing a teen summer weight loss camp is a positive step in preventing dangerous health problems in modern youth’s future. Teen Vogue published a startling health feature in June 2009 that outlined adolescents experiencing high cholesterol, premature heart disease, strokes, fatty livers, high blood pressure and glucose levels associated with a diabetic future. Also, more than three quarters of children with diabetes today have the type 2 version, which used to be known as “adult-onset.” Offering children a nurturing environment where they can learn better food choices, increase their activity and participate in a community with the same exclusive goal is an investment in the comfort, enjoyment and longevity of their life.

Camp Life

“Teenagers have a right to privacy,” writes Mary King, author of “Teenage Weight Loss Tips Reflect Young Lifestyle." Determining which camps offer a discreet, private residence life may increase the productivity of the camper’s time. Ask the weight loss camp many questions about camp life and gather as much information as possible. Open communication between parents and their child is vital. Educating the camper on what his or her options are will allow them to be more involved in the selection and happy with the new choices they will be making toward a healthier future.

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