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Would You Send Your Child Away to Lose Weight?

Posted by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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Town Pitches In to Send 11 Obese Teens to Weight-Loss Camp & the Results Are Amazing

Posted by Ericka Sóuter

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The most disturbing part of the obesity epidemic in this country? How many children fall into that category. It's our national shame. So I was both inspired and excited to hear about the 11 overweight Missouri kids who lost 756 pounds after their town sent them to a weight loss program.

These teens had long been criticized and taunted by their peers for their weight, often driven to tears. It was especially heartbreaking to hear that some parents didn't know how much anguish their children were experiencing. "I was 275 and I wouldn't want to look in the mirror," tenth grader Chelsea Neely tearfully told Today. "I hid it from my mom because I wanted her to be happy and I wanted to be happy but it was hard to make friends."

Eleventh grader Jason Alexander was 330 pounds at his heaviest. "If you are big, you usually get teased," he shared with Today. "'Oh you are a fatty.' It really brings you down." However, these 11 overweight kids would soon be lifted up by the generosity of the town. The Independence, Missouri, school district sent them to Mindstream Academy, a weight loss boarding school in South Carolina. The school district and parents saw the importance of helping kids now in order to improve their lives later. During their three-month stay, their curriculum included classes on healthy eating and they met with a counselor. When they returned to Missouri in December, they were different people both physically and emotionally. Their parents were shocked and amazed.

It seems extreme to send your kid away for this, but I would do it in a heartbeat. As parents, we invest in our kids' future in so many ways. We get them the best technology, we send them to the best colleges. Well, given the obesity epidemic, weight issues need to be at the top of the list too. So many of us are incapable of really helping a dangerously obese child the way they need to be helped. We parents are sometimes too overwhelmed with our other kids, work, and household responsibilities to properly focus on it. It's sad but true. It's amazing this town made this financial sacrifice for these children. They lost weight, gained confidence, and have a better chance at a healthy future.

See more of their inspiring story here:

VIDEO HERE

If your child was severely overweight, would you send them away to help them lose weight?

by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:24 AM
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Lindsey1126
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM
I would make sure my child exercised and eat healthy more often if He was overweight but I wouldn't pay for him to be sent off unless He really wanted to.
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mem82
by Bronze Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:18 AM
If nothing else worked and I could afford it.
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twyliatepeka
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM
I am not sure. I think I would have to be in that situation before I could say yes or no.
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Hunnybadgerkins
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Id like to think I can be enough of a hard ass at home. If not though I absolutely would.
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parisonmom
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Heck no, i would help my child lose the wieght. I would do exercises and change in diet with my child not send them away so.someone else can be more tough.
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Silvertears1275
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:33 AM

If I had tried every other avenue, absolutely.

charlotsomtimes
by Gold Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM

I wouldn't force them to go -but if they wanted to and I could afford it then yes.

*we all know that unless a person is ready and willing to do it, it will fail

DissieDothe
by Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:49 AM

When "boot camp" for teens became popular, several kids were killed. I think diet camps for kids could be just as dangerous. Put a psycho in charge of a fragile overweight teen, no way.

tiffany011309
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Only as a last resort and if the child was willing. In MY own opinion, the parents are mostly to blame for these overweight kids these days. Kids that are 10 years old don't go to the store and buy the cupcakes or mac and cheese etc. They don't drive themselves to McDonald's for cheeseburgers... The problem is that they aren't told no and aren't taught how to be healthy.. to avoid an arguement or to not be bothered parents let their kids come home and play video games or watch tv all day. I rarely ever see kids playing outside these days. Being healthy starts at home with the parents, if they aren't willing to put in the work for their kids, why would their kids put any work into it? Sending them away to a camp (unless necessary) isn't going to work unless they have a team at home to back them up. We are the examples for our kids, if we sit around and watch tv all day while snacking on chips, how do we expect them to be any different..
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Stefanie83
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I think I'd have to be in that situation to decide. It seems like it was a good experience for them

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