David Ettenberg, owner of Camp Shane, the longest-running teen weight loss camp in the country, points out how how fantasy and reality don't always mesh in how "fat camps" (and the overweight teenage campers who attend them) are depicted on ABC Family's new show "Huge".
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 4, 2010 -- If it weren't for a bit of fantasy, our lives would be mighty dull and TV producers know that better than most. So while ABC Family's new show, "Huge", about teenagers' experience at "fat camp" is a hit, the founder of Camp Shane, the longest-running weight loss camp for teenagers in the country, wants to point out--especially to overweight teens--that poetic license has been liberally used: The real weight loss camp, Camp Shane, is nothing like Camp Victory portrayed in "Huge".
"Nikki Blonsky is a very talented actress and her characterization as 'Will', the overweight heroine of the show, is an excellent look at a troubled teen, but the resemblance to the campers' reality stops there," points out David Ettenberg, Founder of Camp Shane, a weight loss camp that has been helping teens lose weight for 42 years.
"What struck me most is the lack of empathy the girls in the show have for each other," says Ettenberg. "At Camp Shane, there is such camaraderie and everyone pulling for everyone else. The support the kids give each other is really heartfelt and makes the whole experience much more positive than what is depicted. No camper would try to humiliate another camper--these kids suffer enough humiliation in their daily lives. Here everyone is encouraging everyone else."
As for the boot camp atmosphere portrayed by a super-fit, wild-eyed instructor in "Huge", Ettenberg has this to say,"It's true nobody spends their time sitting on their bunks at Camp Shane. Here is the place t
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