Why the Kurbo controversy matters

An app, licensed by Weight Watchers, promises to help overweight children shed pounds. But the questionable evidence, and potential for harm, is a reminder of the complexity of childhood obesity.

By Amitha Kalaichandran, M.D. — Aug 19, 2019

Last week, the organization formerly known as Weight Watchers (now branded as “WW”) announced they were launching a ‘diet app for kids,’ called Kurbo. Everyone from celebrities like Jameela Jamil, who has been open about her own weight struggles, to dieticians, piped in with concerns. Soon enough, even parents…