Transcript for ‘No Body Talk’ Rule: Summer Camp Bans Physical Compliments
Thank you, Sara. We'll kick off "Heat index" andbanning body talk. Summer camps are prohibiting kids about talking about anyone's appearance in any way, not just insults, compliments aren't allowed either and Mara schiavocampo has the story. Reporter: Summer camp, outdoor games, stories by the campfire and this -- We are owe on a vacation from talking about people's physical appearance, negative or positive. Reporter: Eden village is a farming camp that tries to plant new ways of thinking among their campers establishing what they call a no body talk rule. As reported in a "New York times" feature no one including the staff can comment on anyone else's physical appearance. Even with compliments. So what does that mean? Campers are told not to say things like, hey, I like your dress. Reporter: But instead give compliments like I'm inspired by you. The no body talk rule is part of the larger culture at Eden village that's not a retreat from the real world but it's a training ground for stepping more powerfully back out into the real world. Reporter: 14-year-old Rachel steinig has been spending her Summers here for the last three years and says the no body talk rule teaches her focus more on who she is as a person than on her outer beauty. Time to try to get to know people deeper for who they really are and that's just the nice thing to do for yourself because it'll give you more self-esteem to talk about deeper things. Reporter: But not everyone thinks a flattery fast is a good thing. Critics point out not talking about certain issues doesn't teach kids how to process them or deal with what they're feeling. Therapists worry by not allowing the kids to talk about these issues that they're burying feelings that need to be addressed in a supportive environment which a lot of camps are. Reporter: Still, Eden village says some of the kids like the rues so much they ask their parents to start doing it at home extending a summer break from body talk. For "Good morning America," Mara schiavocampo, ABC news, new York. Oh, let's talk about this now with author of "Good girls don't get fat," Dr. Robyn Silverman. What do you think of this? I love camp. I go -- I went to camp. My kids go to camp and camp and summer can be a great hiatus from the norm and the norm is that so many of our kids are getting messages that tell them that they are going to be julged by how they look and they should judge others by how they look. So I think a rule that says no negative body talk would be great but the rule that we have right here -- Don't talk about it at all. Has to be a little more nuanced. Girl, this is what we do. We say, I love your hair or what a cute outfit and it's our way of connecting with one another. Is there anything negative about saying you can't even give each other compliments. I think the negative part is that we need kids to understand how to talk about their bodies, ask questions about their bodies, to express concerns about their bodies. But compliments are bad -- Capitol hills about appearance can then stay focused on appearance so we want our kids to get away from the fat talk, the negative talk but we want them to be able to embrace positive talk. Won't kids find a way to talk in code that we can't understand. Ryan does this. I like your outfit. Exactly. Look, that is a positive I like your outfit but where we go wrong is to constantly compare ourselves and say, look at her leg, I wish my legs were long like that. We want our kids to get that positive body talk, period, yes. Robyn, thanks. What do you think?
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