Entries in Overwieght Kids (2)


Missouri Students Lose Combined 756 Pounds at South Carolina Boarding School

ABC News(BLUFFTON, S.C.) -- A dozen Missouri teens shed 756 pounds after spending a semester at a South Carolina boarding school, where getting fit is part of the curriculum.

Set on 43 acres in Bluffton, S.C., Mindstream Academy caters to overweight middle and high school students who are serious about getting healthy but not missing class. The school offers a wide range of activities, from Zumba to horseback riding.

Cameron Larkin, one of the dozen students from Missouri who spent a semester at Mindstream Academy, said he learned how to exercise and build his endurance at the school.

“It’s really not easy,” he said. “You have to have the confidence to say, ‘I can go do this.’”

Cameron, and his friends from Independence, had their nearly $29,000 tuition paid for by the Independence School District, along with their families and several charities.

A typical day at Mindstream Academy begins with stretching, followed by a light half-mile walk or run around the lake, according to the school’s website.

Students then go to classes and have a pre-lunch workout,  such as martial arts, that helps them focus on proper mechanics, the school said.

During the mid-afternoon, classes break for team sports activities, such as soccer or kick ball.

In the evening, a stroll around campus or a pick-up game of basketball rounds out the day.

At the end of the four month program, the 12 students from Independence shed a combined 756 pounds.

Chelsea Neely, one of the dozen students from Independence, said the investment was worth every penny.

“I’ve proven to myself that I am important,” she said. “And what’s to come is the greatest thing.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Kids Working on Getting Slim, Reversing Nationwide Trend

Photo Courtesy - WJRT-TV Detroit(FLINT, Mich.) -- It's unfair and unpleasant, but often unavoidable.  The overwieght kids get picked on more often than the kids who are not perceived as chubby or out of shape.  One of them in Flint, Michigan has had enough and is taking matters into his own hands.

Eleven-year-old Justin Dennie tells WJRT-TV in Detroit he is over being overweight.  "I'm just sick of being your stereotypical overweight nerd."  He stands five-foot-six inches tall and weighs 266 pounds, about 130 pounds overweight.  He realized all by himself that he was in trouble when a video game he was playing registered a nearly 60-pound weight gain in about a five-month period.

One of the big changes he is making, with the help of his mother, who also struggles with her weight, is healthier breakfasts before school, packed lunches and trips to the gym. 

Justin is not alone.  The National Health and Nutriction Examination Survey recently found nearly 40 percent of calories taken in by children up to age 18 come from foods sure to pack on weight -- sugary drinks, cakes, cookies, ice cream, pizza. 

Justin says its not just about dropping pounds.  He wants people to know him for the person he is, not, as he says, "the dorky, computer kid that doesn't really talk to many people, that just sits on the computer, plays video games."

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