We took a little break for 2018, but we are back bigger and better this Summer!
MoreLife Camp will be running from Sunday 28th July – Sunday 18th August 2019. For full details of dates and prices, please click here.
We’ve got a new home too! This year Camp will be held at Woodbridge School in Suffolk. With extensive grounds and fantastic sports facilities, it’s the perfect place for Camp and we’ve got loads of fun activities lined up.
We’ll be able to take bookings shortly. In the meantime, please email us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Thanks to everyone that attended MoreLife Camp 2017!
It was a fantastic summer and we hope that you all enjoyed it as much as we did and are continuing to work on your health and fitness goals now that camp has finished.
Details for MoreLife Summer Camp 2018 will be confirmed in the new year, please watch this space for further details.
Thanks, Team MoreLife Camp
MoreLife Summer Camp will be featured in a brand new documentary series, I Know What You Weighed Last Summer. The two-part documentary will be shown on Monday 4th January and Monday 11th January at 9pm on BBC Three and will also be available on BBC iPlayer after broadcast.
Cameras were invited along to document the goings-on at Europe’s longest-running weight loss summer camp and film everything; from intense physical activity sessions to weekly weigh-ins to interactive educational sessions.
The camp’s approach doesn’t simply concentrate on weight loss goals but focuses on helping these young people tackle issues such as self-esteem, body confidence, severe bullying and depression.
Professor of Exercise and Obesity and founder of MoreLife Camp, Paul Gately, said “We want everybody to understand the difficulties and challenges overweight young people face every day and how the support of our fantastic staff at the camp can help to overcome these.”
As well as the 8 – 17 year olds that attend MoreLife Camp, the documentary will focus on the staff that sacrifice their summers to work there. Most have a background in health, sport or education and are supported by a team of volunteers.
Head of Programming at MoreLife Camp, Nicola Sides, is studying for a PhD in Psychology and has worked on the camp for five summers, she said “It’s incredibly fulfilling watching these children transform over the course of the summer. Not only do they lose weight but they gain bags of confidence and make friends for life. Just being a part of it is amazing!”
For more information on MoreLife Camp, explore our website or call 0113 812 5233
“Childhood obesity is rocketing, so we checked into the UK’s longest-running weight-loss summer school to see the experts in action…”
Click the link below to read the full article by Hannah Barr
A story in the Daily Mail about a mother who is campaigning for her obese daughter to come to MoreLife Summer Camp has generated a huge amount of interest this week. And not just from the national press, but from parents and the public who have shared strong, often negative opinions on the subject, and particularly the girl’s mother.
In the article it is clear to see that Liz, mother of Holly-Ann (aged 10), struggles with her weight as much as her daughter. Consequently, many people think that overweight Liz is to blame for her daughter’s size; buying and feeding her the wrong food, not exercising enough, not saying “no” to her daughter’s cravings and ultimately not practicing what she preaches.
What we see here is what we see every year on our summer camp in Leeds; parents who desperately want to help their children lose weight and live healthier, happier lives.
Arguably those parents who are overweight themselves understand this even more than those who aren’t. These are the people who have battled for years themselves under the burden and stigma of being overweight or obese. They’re the ones who’ve been relentlessly taunted and bullied for their size; for being “fat” and “lazy” or for “poisoning” their children with fatty, sugar-laden food.
It’s not that simple to judge and blame the parents
Those of us who work in obesity and weight management know that it’s just not that simple to blame and judge parents in this way. Obesity wouldn’t be the UK’s single biggest killer if was as straightforward to solve as telling parents to turn a new leaf, eat more veg or start cooking from scratch.
Obesity is a complex; childhood obesity is now a UK health priority
No, obesity and particularly childhood obesity, have been given priority-status in Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt’s term of office because it is such a wide-ranging, serious condition, affecting over a third of the UK population and costing the country nearly £47 billion each year. Obesity is a complex, multi-faceted issue involving a combination of factors from education and health, to psychology and trauma.
MoreLife works with children to understand the underlying causes of their weight issue
At MoreLife camp we focus on understanding the real reason why a particular child is overweight. We tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of each child in a controlled, but friendly, supportive and fun environment to help them accept their problem and take ownership of their weight journey. Our results speak for themselves and we know that by working in this way our programme, which includes parent sessions, helps to tackle the health of the whole family as well.
Who can blame a mother like Liz for wanting this for her child?
Liz is no different to other parents who pay thousands to move closer to the best school, or who move heaven and earth to seek expensive, life-saving medical treatment abroad.
Liz just wants the best for Holly-Ann. Let’s not judge her for recognising she has a problem and for seeking help. Instead let’s applaud her efforts for getting off the sofa and trying to do something about it.