My neighbors have this really fat kid. I do not know exactly how old he is, but my guess is that he is between 8 and 9 years of age. Every time I visit their home, the kid sits on his sofa snacking on anything he seems to be able to find at home such as potato chips, candy bars and popcorn. His parents do a great job by providing him with tons of unhealthy foods that will eventually lead to high blood pressure and diabetes, provided that he does not have any of those conditions yet.
Even though I like them as people, I do not completely agree with their philosophy when it comes to raising kids. I do not recall seeing their kid playing outdoors with other children, not to mention the fact that the poor kid has probably never been to any camp or camps before. If I do not talk about it to his parents, they will probably never send him anywhere anyway. He will spend the rest of his childhood growing bigger and less healthy.
One of the many things I like about summer camps is that usually kids who participate in them are busy with so many activities that they rarely have time to snack on chocolate or many other goodies it is so easy to buy these days. They are so busy with hiking, canoeing and many other ways to spend their free time that they might even forget to eat unhealthy foods in their spare time. It is good for them because I strongly believe that most children eat too much food high in cholesterol and sugar. When selecting a camp for your child, you might want to choose such a camp that will offer him healthy meals a few times per day instead of fast food choices.