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Obesity is a national health problem. More than a third of the adult population in the United States has weight issues. Obesity in children is rapidly increasing. More than one-fourth of American children are overweight, and 190 million people are fat. Of that number, 11 million Americans are morbidly obese. Wishing to improve their self-image, many residents of Colorado are turning to weight-loss camps or retreats. A medically supervised weight-loss camp enables people to loss a good amount of weight in a short amount of time.

Types of Weight Loss Camps

The media-fashioned image of a "drill sergeant" who whips your body into shape on a diet of celery and watercress is a fallacy. The majority of weight-loss spas, retreats and camps in Colorado are located in spots of spectacular scenic beauty, tranquility and comfort; locations chosen to help heal the mind, body and spirit. Medically supervised and staffed with a resident nurse, dietitian, behavior modification therapist, physical therapist and personal trainers, the camps provide a network of professional support and treatment. Some camps or retreats are set in rustic locales with access to wildness acres and miles of hiking, biking or walking trails. Others are located in elegant resort settings with every possible spa and salon amenity.

Consult Your Healthcare Provider

Weight gain may be the result of several factors including heredity, hormonal imbalances, a nondiagnosed illness, lack of physical exercise or excessive caloric intake. Medical experts suggest that for dieting to be successful, it is important to understand why you are fat and to determine any medical conditions that would hinder or prevent certain types of physical exercise. Also ask your doctor if it's safe for you to exercise at higher altitudes. Denver, for example, is 5,280 feet above sea level. Numerous locations throughout the state are 8,000 feet or more above sea level.


A stay at a diet camp often results in rapid weight loss and can be the catalyst for long-term change. Unfortunately, unless new habits are made and lifestyle changes enforced, dieters often regain both the weight they lost at camp plus several additional pounds. Camp clients learn how to eat well without deprivation or dieting. Individual counseling to determine "food triggers" and eating patterns, helps dieters to understand and modify their eating habits. Group classes present methods and techniques of portion control, meal preparation and cooking methods that reduce sugars and fats.

Physical Fitness

An increase in physical activity results in calories burned. Mile High Boot Camp for Women with camps in Aurora, Centennial and Denver, Colorado, is a Women's Fitness Boot Camp that presents a month-long outdoor fitness course that offers instruction in physical fitness, motivational training and nutritional counseling. The camp is structured to include a wealth of energizing activities designed to help build strong minds and bodies. Eden Valley Institute Lifestyle Center focuses on helping to build happier, healthier lives. The institute uses a holistic approach including temperance, exercise, water, nutrition, sunlight, rest and trust. Cooking classes feature natural foods and how to prepare healthy nuts, grains, fruits and vegetables. Located on 550 scenic acres in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains, the camp is tranquil and quiet, a retreat from the distractions of daily life.

Weight Loss For Children & Adolescents

In addition to weight-loss camps for adults, several camps for boys and girls have also been established. When choosing a camp for your child, make sure it is accredited by the American Camp Association 2. An accreditation by the association ensures that the camp meets standards that provide a nurturing and safe environment for children 2.