MADISON, Wis. – Some congressional lawmakers are calling on WW, the corporate formally generally known as Weight Watchers, to tug a weight-reduction plan app designed for kids.
Sen.Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., wrote a letter to the CEO of WW.
It has no place within the arms of youngsters and will put a toddler’s psychological and bodily well being in danger. https://t.co/MBgUTzSaf7
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) October 4, 2019
Kurbo is a free diet and weight-loss app designed to assist with the childhood weight problems epidemic. It is geared for youths as younger as eight and as much as 17 years previous. The app makes use of a “traffic-light” system. Inexperienced gadgets are “go meals” which means they’re wholesome and might be eaten freely. Vegetables and fruit are inexperienced meals. “Yellow meals” have to be consumed carefully. Some examples of yellow meals are hen, beans, rice and different lean proteins. Children are inspired to “cease and assume” earlier than consuming crimson meals. Crimson meals embrace sweets but in addition issues like full-fat cheese and crackers.
Children are additionally inspired to log the meals they eat, and set weight and well being targets. On-line well being teaching can be out there for a price. However these coaches will not be medical professionals.
We’re excited to introduce @KurboHealth, a science-backed device uniquely designed for youths and youths who wish to enhance their consuming habits and get extra lively. Discover out extra at https://t.co/1hvFKOWAGd! #WellnessThatWorks pic.twitter.com/a5SLVS5wtk
— WW (previously Weight Watchers) (@ww_us) August 13, 2019
Of their letter, the senators warn, “Kurbo’s use of before-and-after pictures in addition to using BMI and weight reduction outcomes tells youngsters they need to really feel profitable provided that their BMI or weight drops, of in the event that they appear like the kid Kurbo had featured, implying that their look and the quantity on the dimensions is extra extremely valued than their well being or character.”
Kurbo has raised considerations from some consuming dysfunction consultants and pediatric specialists.
The senators cited data from 2016, the place consultants with the American Academy of Pediatrics inspired dad and mom to steer their youngsters away from weight-reduction plan and keep away from particular dialogue of weight.
As of final 12 months, WW already supplied its weight-loss program, without cost, to teenagers between 13 and 17 years previous.
“Consuming problems have the second highest mortality charge of any psychological well being situation,” the senators wrote. “Sadly, adolescents who have interaction in weight-reduction plan are 5 occasions extra probably than their friends to develop an consuming dysfunction, which means that Kurbo’s shoppers are at a very excessive danger.”
You’ll be able to learn the total letter from the senators by clicking on this link.
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