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Weight-Loss School Transforms Teens' Lives

Earlier this week NPR ran a two-part story about teen weight loss as part of our series "Living Large: Obesity in America." These images by photojournalist Travis Dove show teenagers at the Wellspring Academy in Brevard, N.C., as they work on their weight-loss goals.

His portraits show them at the start of their journey in August, and then a few months later after they have begun to lose weight.

The private boarding school located in the mountains of North Carolina is designed to help overweight and obese students lose weight while also teaching traditional academics. And these kids are overweight enough that their lives might be endangered if they don't slim down. Wellspring is the one place in the world that might be able to, finally, help them.

Justin Moore, 15, of Tampa Bay, Fla., is seen at Wellspring Academy in August. In two months at the school Justin lost more than 100 pounds. Travis Dove for NPR hide caption

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Justin Moore, 15, of Tampa Bay, Fla., is seen at Wellspring Academy in August. In two months at the school Justin lost more than 100 pounds.

Travis Dove for NPR

To learn more about Wellspring, you can see photos from the first part of the story by NPR reporter Karen Grigsby Bates here and read more from the second story that chronicles the teens struggles and successes here.

Travis Dove is a freelance photojournalist based in North Carolina.

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