Everyone is talking about the latest app released by Weight Watchers, or WW as they are now called. Kurbo is aimed towards kids between the ages of 8 to 17 and contains weight loss content. Is this really a bad thing? Annie and Jen discuss this with Amy, a former Weight Watchers ambassador.
What you’ll hear in this episode
- What is Kurbo and how does it work?
- How Amy feels about having started Weight Watchers as a kid
- Outer success, inner conflict: when weight loss leaves you feeling bad
- When you diet to your goal weight is the diet over?
- Sustainable weight loss
- The normalization of binge eating disorder
- Kids and intuitive eating
- Body diversity in children
- Household attitudes towards dieting and how that can impact kids
- What research says about kids in restrictive food environments
- Food preoccupations in social settings and what that can look like
- Why breaking free from diet culture is so hard
- “To Make My Parents Happy” – the Kurbo app and reasons for kids to use it, according to WW
- The issues with trying to influence weight during periods of growth and development
- What you can do as a parent to help your kids (and yourself!)
- Episode 14: Kids On Weight Watchers Or Dieters In Training?
- Episode 9: Two Sisters, Two Bodies: Growing Up Together In A Body Obsessed World
- Episode 16: Feeding Our Families – Growing Healthy Relationships With Food
- Ellyn Satter Institute
- Your Child’s Weight, Helping Without Harming
- Balance365Life Instagram posts about Kurbo
- Amy’s Instagram
- Amy’s Facebook Page
Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.