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Kurbo is disgusting aka Don’t Put Kids on a Diet!

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a photo of a tracking app on a device, showing calorie content of a food and ways to burn off that amount of calories
a child shouldn’t need to track everything they put in their mouth, a habit that Kurbo encourages. (not an image of Kurbo, just a generic tracking photo)

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor a health professional. All information presented here is for entertainment purposes only and is used at your own risk.

A while back I expressed my disgust at the new app Kurbo by WW (formerly weight watchers). There is a still quite a bit of a backlash in some of the online food and nutrition communities that I follow. I originally intended to write a full piece detailing all the reasons why I find Kurbo disgusting and horrifying but I have had such a hard time putting it into words that I decided to write a condensed version. Here it is!

Kurbo is Crap and here is why

  • There is plenty of time for kids to feel that their bodies aren’t good enough. Let them be children for as long as possible before making them think that appearance is the most important thing about them.
  • A history of dieting is a risk factor for developing a full blown eating disorder in the future. Why start that history at 8 years old?!?!
  • There is no money to be made in curing people of being overweight. WW (formerly weight watchers) is looking to make money by creating lifelong customers, nothing more.
  • Before and After photos of kids? Are you fucking kidding me?
  • Teaching kids to save up their calories for special treats at events later in the day is encouraging a binge/restrict cycle that isn’t healthy for anyone, let alone a child.
  • Kids bodies grow and change throughout puberty. Puberty can start around 8 or 9 years old for many kids. Kids are eligible for the Kurbo program at 8 years old when their bodies are naturally changing and growing thanks to puberty!!!! Putting a child on a diet for the natural changes their body goes through is gross.
  • It is possible for parents to encourage healthy eating without putting a child on a diet. Lead by example. Cook healthy meals at home, let kids help in the kitchen, minimize overly processed foods, and encourage healthier snacking. 

And that’s really all there is to it.

My parents never put me on a diet but I was witness to my mom’s unhappiness with her body, which I internalized and used to fuel my dislike of my own body. I am so thankful that I was never put on a diet because it could have been so much worse.


What do you think about Kurbo, or about putting kids on diets in general? I’d love to hear your take on this. Send me a message and we’ll connect.


Until next time,


Chantal the Secular Homemaker

Interested in learning what experts think about Kurbo? Check out these articles from more informed sources

Here’s what the National Eating Disorders Association has to say

And here’s the take of Canada’s leading obesity expert Dr. Yoni Freedhoff.

And the personal experience of a plus sized beauty blogger who joined weight watchers as a teen.

And just for fun, check out my posts about body love, or a lack thereof

Posted by chantal

Hi, I'm Chantal. I'm a mediocre stay at home mom to two hilarious, and frequently frustrating, small humans and an even more mediocre wife to an equally hilarious, but slightly less frustrating, grown up man. I like writing, powerlifting, eating, long afternoon naps, and laughing at my own jokes.

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