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-> '''Mr. Prince''': We'll see you when you get back from image enhancement camp.
-> '''Martin Prince''': Spare me your euphemisms! It's fat camp, for Daddy's chubby little secret!
-> '''Mr. Prince''': You promised you wouldn't make a scene.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode 4.1 "Kamp Krusty"

A [[SummerCampy summer camp]] where overweight and obese children are sent to lose weight. Of course the children's parents are oblivious to what actually goes on in fat camp.

[[DrillSergeantNasty Drill Sergeant Nasties]] are everywhere, pushing the kids to their limit. The children constantly have to run up hills and the food is so scarce it could starve the kids to death, provided that they don't sneak candy into their rooms.

Treatment is so bad that the kids will eventually plan a GreatEscape, in which the camp counselors will use the same methods that prison guards use to recapture escapees.

This is not true of real fat camps of course, which always use positive reinforcement, and attempt to teach the children healthy eating habits, instead of starving them. Thanks to Political Correctness they are now called Fitness and Weight Loss Camps, and now also allow teens and adults to attend.

Some of the stereotypes of fat camp are TruthInTelevision, however. Especially the running up the hill part.
!! Examples Include:


* Autobiographical Comic example: Aline Kominsky-Crumb, wife of Creator/RobertCrumb, was sent there in her youth by her weight-conscious mother, despite being not at all overweight. The camp wasn't run that well, as all the girls were able to smuggle in lots of junk food. At the end, she weighed ten pounds more than before.

* In ''Film/TheGoonies'', one of the things Chunk confesses to when caught by the Fratellis was being sent to a fat camp and getting kicked out for pigging out.
* Disney movie ''Film/{{Heavyweights}}''. The camp is actually quite fun, until it's taken over by an overbearing fitness trainer played by Creator/BenStiller.

* One of the short stories in Creator/ELKonigsburg's ''Altogether, One At A Time'' is about a girl who's sent to fat camp.
* About half of Robert Kimmel Smith's ''Literature/JellyBelly'' takes place at one. While it's not the sadistic kind, and protagonist Ned would actually like to be thinner, he hates the place and befriends kids who have no intention of losing weight or keeping it off if they do.
* The Well Farm project in ''Literature/{{Fat}}'' that Grenville attends towards the end of the book. It becomes the victim of one of his rampages.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Many a RealityShow has been built around this.
** MTV had a show called ''Fat Camp''.
* Short-lived teen show ''Series/{{Huge}}''.
* An adult example is ''Series/TheBiggestLoser''.
* Monica Geller on ''Series/Friends'' attended fat camp as a child but didn't seem to be very effective as she was overweight well into her teen years. She's quite thin as an adult though.
* On ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Daphne visited one of these off-screen. In RealLife Jane Leeves was on pregnancy leave.
* Hanna of ''Series/PrettyLittleLiars'' spent several summers at fat camp. [[FormerlyFat Looking at her now, you'd never guess.]]
* One episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' revealed that childhood Doug spent at least one summer at Fat Camp, but up until that reveal he had always been led to believe it was "Football Camp".

* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': Cartman was sent to a fat camp, and came back skinny [[spoiler: but it was really another kid he paid to show up and steal snacks he could sell to the other campers. Cartman is banned from the camp at the end when the other campers feel guilty over ruining the counselors' hard work and admit to their cheating]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** When Bart went to Kamp Krusty, Martin and others went to "Image Enhancement Camp." He and the others were liberated by Bart after his takeover of Kamp Krusty.
-->For you fat kids, my exclusive program of diet and ridicule will really get results!
** "The Heartbroke Kid" had Bart sent to a fat camp after having a heart attack due to a steady diet from the schools new snack vending machines, alongside other Springfielders like Rainier Wolfcastle, Apu and Kent Brockman.
** As a young teenager, Homer was accidentally stranded at a fat camp while trying to meet up with a young Marge at summer camp. He eventually manages to escape by conquering the camp's ultimate escape preventer -- a slight incline leading to the unlocked gate.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': After Lois [[spoiler: lost her memory from Stewie's attempt at matricide]], she works at a fat camp and tries to keep the kids from [[ImAHumanitarian eating each other]].
** In "Killer Queen", Peter and Chris are sent to a fat camp and soon discover that someone is killing the campers. Its hinted at that its Lois's brother Patrick, the Fat-Guy Strangler, a serial killer who targets obese people due to a psychotic compulsion, but he's actually framed by the real culprit, a competitive eater who Chris defeated in a hot dog contest.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'' has Jay's son Marty sent to Exercise Camp. It's right next to the [[IncrediblyLamePun Exorcise Camp]]. Marty ends up losing 30 pounds and becomes quite popular. Jay manages to lose a measly two pounds, which he is elated over, referring to it as his "college weight".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' episode "Weighing Harold", Harold goes on a fat ''cruise'' which was pretty much a fat camp but on a ship. Unlike most examples listed here, the "''Kid's Cruise to Lose''" was actually pretty nice; with caring and encouraging trainers, fun exercise programs, and an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Unfortunately, Harold left the cruise even ''fatter'' than he was before.
* Connie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' was revealed to have gone to Camp Make 'Em Overs between the Nickelodeon and the Disney episodes. Doug initially didn't recognize her once he saw her newly svelte physique. When Doug ended up gaining some weight, Judy suggested they send him to the fat farm.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'', Larry reveals Tuddrussel's academy yearbook to Otto. To embarrass Tuddrussel, he points out that Tuddrussel used to be incredibly overweight, and even dragging this humiliation far enough to recite a particularly painful note from a classmate of his that read, "Have a rad summer at fat camp."

* Inverted in several African countries, where an engaged woman is sent to camp to ''gain'' weight.