Episode 81: Kurbo: The Problem With The Weight Watchers App For Kids

August 28, 2019

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Episode Overview

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!)



Download a copy of this episode’s transcript here.


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