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Weight Loss for Kids and Teens by Kurbo Health



Fantastic health app empowers kids to reach goals.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn how to make healthier food choices and get tips on goal setting by using Weight Loss for Kids and Teens by Kurbo Health. As kids apply the information they learn about the Traffic Light Diet System by watching the videos and playing the games, they are learning to set objectives, track progress, and become more self-aware of their diets and exercise habits. Kurbo Health's system is based on science and a balanced diet, so kids are applying sensible, reliable information to personal decision-making. Weight Loss for Kids and Teens by Kurbo Health provides kids with an organized, informative way to increase health and fitness knowledge and develop a self-motivated, personal practice.

Ease of play

Very easy to use. Every feature comes with a tutorial. Reminders such as "Don't forget to track your drinks!" and "Try a fruit popsicle instead!" help keep kids on target.

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Although the app itself is free, the full Kurbo program with "human coaching" is $75/month.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Weight Loss for Kids and Teens by Kurbo Health is a health app that helps kids age 8 to 18 track food choices, exercise minutes, and personal goals. The app and its related Kurbo coaching system are based on the Traffic Light Diet System developed at Stanford University. It categorizes food into green, yellow, and red choices to help kids learn to choose healthy options more often, without totally restricting any foods. There's also an exercise log, a goal-setting and weight-tracking tool, health-education games, and videos explaining each concept. Although the app is free, more personalized help is available through the Kurbo program's website, which includes live coaches. An Android version is scheduled for release soon.

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What's it about?

Once registered, kids choose an avatar and begin to enter their goals and learn the system through animated videos. Then kids begin to track the foods they eat by typing in the food and viewing whether it's categorized as green, yellow, or red (some have more than one color). Kids can see their progress as well as how many "red" foods they have left for the week. Kids also can play games, read tips and reminders, try new challenges, and set new goals each week. This app is a multifaceted weight-loss-and-fitness system.

Is it any good?


WEIGHT LOSS FOR KIDS AND TEENS can be an excellent system to help kids adopt healthier food and exercise habits. The app asks kids to identify their motivation for using it (among the many choices: "become more athletic," "please my parents," "lose weight") and then assess their own perceived level of motivation. This alone is a big step forward in helping kids take control of their own eating, weight, and healthy habits. When kids combine the right attitude and personally meaningful goals with tracking their food choices according to the app's food color system, they learn that eating healthier and exercising can help them achieve those goals.

Reminders to track food appear as push notifications on a kid's mobile device throughout the day, and, if they need more support, parents can pay for a human coach from the Kurbo program. This studied weight loss program combined with an easy-to-use app equals a potentially powerful change agent for kids who struggle with weight or healthy eating.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to help kids succeed in their goals. Which foods in the green and yellow categories are favorites? Be sure to have a ready supply of those in your home. Which red foods make it difficult for your kid or teen to say no? Try to keep these foods out of the home most of the time.

  • Be supportive in fun ways, such as going for a bike ride or playing Wii Fit together.

  • Find some healthy cookbooks that show how to make traditionally unhealthy foods healthier with a few ingredient changes and new baking or cooking methods. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, part-whole relationships, thinking critically
Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, self-assessment, set objectives
Emotional Development: persevering, self-awareness
Health & Fitness: balanced diet, exercise, fitness
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 26, 2014
Category:Health & Fitness
Size:53.10 MB
Publisher:Kurbo Health
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later

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Parent Written byThomas C. December 15, 2016

Great Concept really poorly executed

Basically this is 250 dollars for a few months access to 2 things: 1.) an application to track your food consumption (nothing special) and 2.) access once weekly to a "Coach" for 10 or 15 minutes each session. The coaching sessions are basically meaningless. In addition my child (12) was 5 minutes late for a session and I got a nasty note from the organization. It seems they are more focused about berating parents then coaching children to be successful. You also get a weekly email "Parent Coach" with incredibly available information on food consumption - like how to read food labels and which foods are good to eat and which are bad - Duh. Oddly, when you register they seem to provide such a supportive environment but once you're in the game it changes considerable. For a single session of being 5 minutes late, wherein the coach and my child arranged a new time anyway, I get a nasty note from the co-founder about the importance of keeping sessions (sessions which are largely useless anyway) My view - spend the money on a local nutritionist - get a 30 minute or hourly visit per week and give your child a simple excel spreadsheet to track their food intake.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism