Outrage Over Weight Watchers New App For Kids
More than 85,000 people have signed a change.org petition calling on WW, formerly Weight Watchers, to drop its controversial new app.
The app, called Kurbo, is for kids 8 years old and up.
WW calls it an easy way to promote portion control.
The program uses a traffic light system, putting food into three categories that kids can easily understand.
Vegetables and fruits are considered good choices and are color-coded green.
Meat and pasta are yellow, which should be eaten in moderation.
Junk food, candy and soda are coded red and should be limited.
WW says Kurbo research tested and proven to be safe, but critics argue the diet app could cause kids to develop eating disorders.
The company responded to the criticism saying, ‘Kurbo by Weight Watchers focuses on behavior change for healthier eating and more activity, not dieting or calorie counting.’
Meanwhile, childhood obesity is growing problem in America.
1-in-5 kids in the united States are considered overweight and that number has tripled since the 1970’s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC’s website recommends that parents and schools find ways to encourage young people to eat more fruits and vegetables.