Weight Watchers For Kids?

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on September 8, 2019 - 10:38pm

The new weight watchers app for kids is getting a lot of attention, some of it good, but according to the Healthline article that we've linked below, most of it is bad.

Weight Watchers has now rebranded itself as WW and launched Kurbo, a weight loss app targeting kids between 8-17. The issue that both parents and experts have with the app is they say it's sending the wrong message.

Some of the issues raised by these groups with the ads are:

  • Before and after pics of children who have lost weight
  • Concern that the point system, used by the app, is not teaching children proper nutritional guidelines and behaviour around food
  • Concerns about the quality of food- that app uses the red, light, yellow light system

The purpose of this podcast is to discuss the HealthLine article and share our opinions about the app and whether we think it's a good idea or not.

Here Is What We Covered

  • What's the real issue here? As a parent, our job is to raise strong, independent humans. Health is a significant component of that. At the end of the day, does this app do that or not?
  • How WW works and is this a good way for someone to learn how to eat?
  • The most powerful way you can influence your kids.
  • How we try (we are far from perfect) to feed our kids and teach them about the food that they should eat.
  • The most powerful way you can influence your kids.

Stuff From This Episode

Why the New Weight Watchers App for Kids Is Raising Concerns

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