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WW faces backlash over weight loss app for kids: 'Dangerous, irresponsible and immoral’

WW faces backlash over weight loss app for kids: 'Dangerous, irresponsible and immoral’

17.8.2019

WW faces backlash over weight loss app for kids: 'Dangerous, irresponsible and immoral’

WW , formerly known as Weight Watchers, is facing backlash after launching a weight loss app aimed at children ages 8 to 17. Dietitians weigh in on why this i...

Nicole Avena, MD, assistant professor of a Neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and author of Why Diets Fail, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that teaching children healthy eating habits and nutritious food ideas can be a good idea. However, WW falls into dangerous territory when it comes to mentioning weight — especially in the context of the program’s “success stories” featuring then and now photos of children as young as 8.

“As someone still in recovery from an eating disorder I fell ill with in high school, I immediately knew this app was incredibly dangerous,” she says. “Within a few minutes of research, every aspect of Kurbo threw up red flags. In 2016, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised doctors and families to steer clear of weight talk, and instead focus on emphasizing healthy lifestyles, and yet on Kurbo children can set ‘their goal’ as ‘lose weight.’”

The app also aims to inspire healthy behaviors with content that helps kids engage in physical activity and mindfulness habits. For an extra cost, users can even have one-on-one video sessions with Kurbo coaches to discuss “personalized goals and strategies to help them achieve long-lasting results.”

“I created the petition because eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, every 62 minutes at least one person dies as a direct result from an eating disorder. This app will literally kill people,” Stallcup says. “These diseases wreck lives and once you enter into recovery you become a part of community that fights for each other. So many of us have been battling these deadly diseases for decades and we are committed to saving this next generation of beautiful children from this painful horrific road we have walked.”

I once asked my mom when I started worrying about my weight. I thought maybe around middle school when puberty kicked in.

I remember my first “diet” imposed by older sister when in 4th grade. I actually stole an apple from the kitchen and hid in the backyard to eat it. #LoveNotDiets

— KIRBY GUERRERO (@kickyatothekirb) August 16, 2019

— Anna Sweeney MS, CEDRD-S (@DietitianAnna) August 16, 2019

New York-based dietician and nutritionist Marissa Meshulam, RD, echoes much of the same concerns Avena has about the app, telling Yahoo Lifestyle that there should be an emphasis on a child’s behavior in general, rather than specifically on their diet.

Stallcup says that the company has yet to get in touch with her as well, but she still has high hopes for the petition that she’s created and the growing conversation surrounding it.

Read more: Yahoo Lifestyle

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WW Released a Weight Loss App for Children and—No Surprise—People Are Upset'What really struck me initially about this program is that it’s marketed to kids as young as 8 years old.'

Weight Watchers Debuts an App That Could Screw Up Your Kid’s Relationship With Food for LifeKurbo by WW is advertised as a health app for kids and teens, but body image experts warn that it could encourage harmful dieting and disordered eating aemccarthy '...options like... “make parents happy'...' A serious red flag. I started dieting at age nine, to make my parents happy. I was starved all the time, and I quickly learned to sneak all the most filling foods in the house, when my parents' backs were turned. Send the app to the WH! Too much biscuit eating going on there & it shows in the fat gut! Looking too stuffed. As if they had a plan to begin with.

Here’s the Problem With Making a Weight Loss App for KidsKids are already vulnerable to developing eating disorders .

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