Bullying can be a nightmare for teens. Going to school every day with a mean bully can bring about depression, anxiety, and other problems. Often, bullies target other teens who are overweight. Many overweight teens want to lose weight, whether they are being bullied or not, for a better self-image and sense of self-confidence. Teens may be embarrassed to ask for help, or may not know where to turn. Here at Rites of Passage NW, we have a camp for overweight teenagers in Washington that helps overweight teens lose weight, and keep it off long after they have left our program.
We have several components to our camp that make it less of a traditional “fat camp.” The first component of course, is diet. Many teens view dieting as some sort of punishment, but we try to teach the opposite. Our teens will eat a completely holistic diet, and will also learn how to count calories and plan their meals. The diet may take a bit of getting used to, but our teens love the end result.
Exercise is also a big portion of our program. Instead of boring gym trips, we take the teens on wilderness treks and hiking adventures through the woods. In addition to exercise, they will learn survial skills, such as how to make camp. We teach that exercise is fun, and that it doesn’t have to be boring.
Individual and group counseling is also a part of our program. We need to get to the root of weight gain, and also treat depression, anxiety, and other problems.
For more information about our camp for overweight teenagers in Washington, or to learn more about Rites of Passage NW, please call (800)794-0980 today to speak with an experienced and discreet professional member of our staff.