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Encyclopedia > Fat camp

A fat camp is a slang term for a type of program where overweight and obese children and teenagers are sent during the summer to lose weight. The effectiveness of these summer camps varies widely and usually depends on the quality of the individual program and biochemistry of the attending campers. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The term overweight is generally used to indicate that a human has more body fat than is considered useful for the optimal functioning of the body. ... Obesity is a condition in which the natural energy reserve, stored in the fatty tissue of humans and other mammals, is increased to a point where it is associated with certain health conditions or increased mortality. ... Summer camp, a world-wide phenomenon, is a common destination for children and teenagers during the summer months. ...

Day by day more camps are opening, few have been around for more than a decade. Camp Kingsmont is the oldest fat camp owned by a former camper. Formely Owned by the camper Keith Zucker, it is now owned by the former camper Marc Manoli. Their focus is on a comprehensive "lifestyle change" allowing greater success after camp.

Recent History

Today "fat camp" is more gently referred to as a fitness and weight-loss camp. The environment allows a comfortability that often does not exist outside of the camp. These provide weight-loss results of two to six pounds per week on average. What sets apart a fat camp from any other ordinary camp is that it typically provides nutrition classes, weekly weigh-ins, and many more aerobic-based classes.

More recent programs, such as Wellspring Camps and Camp Balanza are scientifically-based and clinical. They help participants change in their behavior so weight loss will continue at home. Behavioral change is accomplished through training and cognitive-behavioral therapy, for which insurance reimbursement is possible.

In pop culture

There have been a number of recent mainstream media pieces regarding fat camp:

  • Several fictional television shows, such as The Simpsons and South Park, have an episode relating to fat camp.
  • Several fat camps have been featured on reality television, including New Image Camp Camp Shane and Camp La Jolla
  • In 1995, a film called Heavyweights was released, starring Ben Stiller, about a summer adventure at fat camp.
  • There are several books that deal with fat camp as a theme.
  • There are a handful of bands called Fat Camp.

Simpsons redirects here. ... For other uses, see South Park (disambiguation). ... Reality television is a genre of television programming which presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and features ordinary people instead of professional actors. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Benjamin Edward Stiller (born November 30, 1965) is an Emmy-winning American comedian, actor, film producer and director. ...

See also

  Results from FactBites:
Why Camp Shane Is NOT a "Fat Camp" (490 words)
Camp Shane is based on the model of a traditional camp, with all the activities, sports and special events that the best-equipped traditional camps have.
Camp Shane is not a fat camp because we promote improving health for the long-term, not losing as much weight as possible in the shortest time possible.
Often, children don't want to tell their friends they are going to Camp Shane because of the “fat camp” stigma, but when they return home, healthier, more confident, and yes, thinner, they love to share stories of the great time they had and are proud of what they have accomplished.
GMTV - Fat camp (416 words)
The camp is for boys and girls aged 11-18 years of age who want to lose weight, adopt a healthier lifestyle for the future and make new friends over the summer.
The camp believes strong preventative treatment in childhood can reduce risks in later life, which is why the programme helps children not only lose weight, but more importantly gives them the necessary skills to maintain that weight loss in the future.
Eating habits are an important part of the programme and the Camp helps children understand the impact that eating has on their health.
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