boot camps are not the answer to the nation's waistline problem, says
Deborah J. Wray, associate professor in the department of kinesiology
at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
"Many programs have developed out of a desire to take advantage of the
money that can be made from the obesity epidemic," she writes in the
March 2010 issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
"Many of these camps are designed to get kids in shape in a six-to
10-week period, but they are short-term fixes, just like diets."
"Short-term camps will not work in the long term. It takes at least six
months of continual practice to create a behavior change."