Teenagers should never be comfortable being overweight. Any excuses given are generally to deflect attention away from the weight, playing the “blame game” especially if they can claim it’s due to genetics. However, most teenagers don’t really believe this excuse. Our weight loss camps are designed to tackle issues. Teens often feel at ease when they are not the “only” child who is overweight. This knowledge helps ease their fears and self-conscious feelings that many have when they interacting with their slimmer counterparts. When they’re with other overweight or obese teenagers who have put forth all the same excuses, it’s easier to be honest and finally face their insecurities.
The time teenagers spend at a weight loss camp allows them to open up about their feelings – after all, every camper who attends is facing similar challenges. The campers can help one another deal with the problems and excuses that trouble them. There’s no reason to be concerned about how they look in front of others. They are encouraged to be themselves, and the result is that it’s their personalities that shine through.
Most teenagers understand how obesity adversely affects their health. What they don’t really comprehend are the emotional effects. When they can openly talk about their problems in a sympathetic setting, they are taking the first step in confronting their weight and setting up a weight loss and fitness plan they can follow throughout their life.
The focus of our weight loss camps is to offer a program that educates teens on the benefits of a healthy diet combined with a regular exercise regimen. Just as importantly, we teach teens to be truthful and sincere about how they are feeling, as it helps them realize why they are overweight or obese.