As for the camp topic: I love the idea, but the logistics of it are significant. Insurance and permits are nuts, of course, but even worse are the PARENTS. It would be a real tough sell getting parents on board with the idea, and even if they are, theyd try and micromanage things from afar. Trust me, I know, Ive worked at camps in the past. Helicopter-parenting gets worse and worse every year, as the generations of entitlement progress in their years, reproduce, and pass the entitlement on to their progeny. Also parents are getting more and more disassociated from nature and the outdoors and what it actually MEANS to be at camp and will beat down your doors making sure youre protecting little Jimmy and Sally from getting any skinned knees.
Sounds extreme? Its not. I had one parent once threaten to pull her kid out of camp and/or sue and/or get me fired because a rabbit nibbled a hole in her daughter's shirt.
+1Anyone who claims I'm fat because of weakness of character, laziness, or hedonism is invited to die in a fucking fire.
"After all we did for Britain, selling all that corduroy and making it swing, and all we got was a bit of tin on a piece of leather, an MBE." --George Harrison
“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde
The tragedy of the 19-year-old girl is that even though I feel this perfect storm of metabolic derangement (CW; fat camps; dysfunctional home situation; losing the genetic lotto) is not her fault, she will most likely die, and soon if her organs are failing, in terrible agony; and she will suffer terribly and go into her grave thinking that she is a weak-willed glutton who did this to herself. There's the worst tragedy of it all.
Any chance excerpts from this thread could replace the front page stories of the UK tabloids about the poor girl? Would be nice.
She started gaining weight at 5 when her father died. Her mother has such serious health problems that her daughter is her registered carer. In 2008 she was the subject of headlines about being 'Britain's fattest teenager' at 33 stone, went to a US 'fat camp', lost about half her weight in some absurdly short period of time, came home, had her success celebrated... and I'm not sure what happened next, but it sounds as though the support melted away. And now she's somewhere between 45 and 60 stone (depending on which story you read), unable to get out of bed and suffering organ failure. (Multiply stone by 14 to get lbs.)
Would be nice to find someone to tar and feather...