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August 10, 2009 12:25 PM

'Fat camp' tackles obesity of at-risk kids

WILSON, N.C. — Camp Shining Stars is not your typical camp. Anthony, a 15-year-old high school freshman from Charlotte, arrived for his first day weighing 504 pounds. Camp Director Ira Green had to buy a special scale (up to 1,000 pounds) to accommodate his weight. Camp Shining Stars is a weight-reduction camp for adolescents. The kids call it Fat Camp. But this is no body-shaping spa for rich kids. This camp is a nonprofit aimed at reducing the nation's rocketing obesity rates, especially among those most likely to be affected — poor and minority children, children from troubled homes.

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