Meet the nine-year-old nudist who says he loves everything about being naked… except the mosquitoes
21:49 GMT, 3 May 2012
The nudist lifestyle is an alternative and somewhat bewildering choice to most people but few consider how living sans-clothing affects children.
For nine-year-old Alex Reamer of Loxahatchee, Florida, the liberating fashion choice is one that he values highly. Aside from the small issue of pesky mosquitoes.
Residing in a nudist community just outside Palm Beach with his parents and brother, the fair-haired boy spends most days like any other – playing video games, riding his bike and playing with friends – albeit, naked.
Hippie kid: Alex Reamer is a nine-year-old who lives in a nudist campground with his parents and brother in Loxahatchee, Florida
In an in-depth exploration into the lives of nudists, ABC's 20/20: Xtreme Parents follows the day-to-day routine of the Reamer family giving them the opportunity to demystify what they believe is a perfectly commendable way of life.
But the open-minded parents agreed only to take part in the filming if the final edit did not blur out their private parts.
'It sends the wrong message,' explains Sandra Reamer. 'It says that nudity is bad.'
Her son Alex sees nothing weird about being naked around the clock either.
In fact, the home-schooled child loves it so much that he is loathe to leave the private campground in which they live for visits that will inevitably require him to wear clothes.
Nature-lovers: Sandra and Frank Reamer believe that living naked promotes a healthy sense of body image for their children
The family decided to move to the 40-acre 'naturist family resort', Sunsport Gardens, six years ago to join the 70 residents who currently live there, but only after both their sons had agreed they were willing.
Alex's older brother, Bud, is not however an advocate for his family's love of going bare.
Though he still lives in his parents' RV, he always wears clothes and is planning to leave Sunsport and join the army when he turns 18.
The 15-year-old thinks nudism is 'weird' and says wearing clothes 'is just more comfortable.'
For those who might agree with Bud about the unconventionality of the decision and question the motives of people who opt to go nudist and live among others, Frank and Sandra Reamer are quick to respond.
'People have a misconception,' says Mr Reamer. 'They think this is about sex, and it isn't. My wife and I are in a monogamous relationship. We live with our children. I've seen them all nude, they've all seen me nude.'
Rebel: Alex's older brother Bud, 15, does not share his family's desire to strip off whenever possible and despite being frowned upon at the camp, feels more comfortable wearing clothes
Florida's Department of Children and Families explained to ABC that nudism is not illegal even when it comes to children and Sunsport maintians that they do background checks on all visitors so no leering strangers can enter.
The camp's owner, Morley Schloss adds that the authorities have never found any 'wrongdoing' at the grounds either.
The Reamers believe that living as nudists only has a positive impact on the children.
Mrs Reamer expanded: 'As far as body image, the kids are seeing all different kinds of people, and they're seeing that people can be different. There is less judgment.'
And it would seem their nine year old agrees: 'I just like to go nude.'
20/20: Xtreme Parents will air this Friday at 10 p.m. ET.