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Weight Loss Camps Can Change Lives

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David Ettenberg


Overview

Like traditional camps, Weight Loss Camps fill the idle days of summer with fun indoor and outdoor activities. Their benefits, though, extend well beyond the time the camper returns home. This article helps families decide whether a summer weight loss camp is right for their child, and provides helpful tips on how to choose one.


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It is an alarming statistic. The number of obese children in the United States has more than doubled in the past two decades. Nearly a quarter of all U.S. children are considered obese. Clinical obesity is said to occur when fat makes up 25 percent or more of body weight for boys and 32 percent body fat for girls. Active youngsters, who regularly play sports or dance have an average body fat of 12 to 15 percent.

While today’s kids are collectively more obese, little has changed in how overweight children and adults are generally viewed. Obese youngsters are teased and bullied by other children. These kids have fewer opportunities to receive the social acceptance they desperately need from their peers. Obese youngsters are less likely to participate in extracurricular school activities and less likely to date. They are more likely to drop out of school. and less likely to get good jobs. They are more likely to have chronic health problems.

There are many reasons for a child being obese. Genetics,diet, exercise and emotional problems are all part of the spectrum.

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