Reach a healthy weight—we make it simple! Kurbo is a fun and easy-to-use mobile app designed for kids, teens, and families who want to improve nutrition habits and lose weight. Derived from Stanford University’s Weight Control Program, Kurbo helps empower everyone to live healthier through a scientifically-proven program and virtual coaching for nutrition and activity. Kurbo is exclusively mobile, giving personalized advice to achieve lifelong healthy eating and physical activity habits.
“Unique Health Program Appeals to Digital Kids” – LA Parent
Unlike many diet tracker & calorie counter apps, Kurbo does not ask you to track calories. Here’s how it helps you reach your goals:
*Traffic Light system of green, yellow, and red foods helps you make healthier food choices and build healthy habits, day by day.
*A team of experts supports you through daily in-app messages, emails, and texts that make it easier to reach your weight goals
*Coaching based on your personality (premium plan purchase required) helps keep you motivated through weekly video check-ins, nutrition tips and goal-setting. We’ll pair you with the perfect Kurbo coach who shares your interests and really gets you!
*Tasty, healthy food suggestions and inspiring advice helps you stay on track and informed about healthy living
*Fun games, videos and weekly challenges make it more fun to learn about nutrition and exercise
* Coached users can now chat with their coach directly through in-app chat.
* All users will receive tips, hints, and reminders through their chat window. To take advantage of these messages, make sure to enable Notifications when prompted in the app.
* You can pay for a coaching plan directly in the app. Data shows that kids and teens are much more likely to reach their goals when they work closely with a coach.
* Food & Exercise Diary – Easily track habits in a food and activity journal
* Progress Tracker – See when and how you’re reaching a healthy weight over time
* Virtual Coaching Sessions – In-app messages, texts, and notifications provide personalized feedback, motivation, and recommendations
* Fun Games & Weekly Challenges—Keep learning about nutrition and stay on track in a fun, exciting way
* Budgeting Tool – Enjoy flexible eating and plan your food choices around special events
* Helpful Videos – Watch videos to help you learn the Traffic Light system quickly and easily
* Plus, set reminders and goals, pick your own coaching avatar, keep a journal, and more.
WHAT KURBO KIDS ARE SAYING
"I lost 10 pounds in 3 months. I feel a lot healthier!” - Riya, age 11
“I use what I have learned from Kurbo everyday. It has really changed my life.” - Tyler, age 14
"I was excited because it seemed like something I could do all by myself" - Sophie, 12
“I feel lighter both mentally and physically” - Julianna, 15
“I feel better about myself and people have noticed my new attitude.” - Talia, 17
“I’m trying new foods and starting to eat more veggies.” - Vanessa, 8
“My coach made me feel comfortable. I could be honest about what I was tracking.” - Isabella, 14
"I learned I can eat healthy foods, enjoy them, and live a healthy life." - Jared, 17
“When you have the motivation and a goal, you can lose weight. I’m now the healthiest person in the house!” - Manny, 15
WHAT KURBO PARENTS ARE SAYING
“Since Sarah has Coach Bita, she has become accountable for her own food choices. I’m no longer the ‘bad guy’.” - Melissa, mom of 13-year-old Sarah
“I was surprised that Peter started happily eating vegetables right away." - Karen, mom of 8-year-old Peter
We’ve redesigned the app to make it even simpler for kids, teens, and families to reach a healthier weight! Here’s how it works:
* You pick what to eat: Use the traffic light system—green, yellow, or red lights tell you what’s healthiest. Simple!
* Track on your mobile phone: The app reminds you to live healthier and motivates you to achieve your health and weight goals.
* Take fun challenges and learn new hacks: Make healthy changes and losing weight easy.
* A coach to keep you on track: Get all the personalized tips and encouragement you need. The coach sets goals and keeps you on track.
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Good, but could use more
I honestly like this app and think it is a fun way to loose weight. I don’t have a problem with the red green yellow light system, like most people are having. Although, one thing I would suggest, or if you could explain it to me, is a video about how the portions are measured and which foods get which portion sizes. For example, I know somethings portions are a whole hand, some are a fist, and others can be just a finger. Although, I don’t know which food goes to which portion. Also, I think there should be a barcode scanner so you can scan some of the products you eat because I sometimes I eat a granola bar for breakfast and it’s more of a healthy one but the only one that comes up is an item that is red. I just feel like that would make everything a whole lot easier. I hope you can get back with me and respond, and I hope to see these fixes. If not totally fine.
Please do not use this
Please please please do not use this app or encourage your children to use this app.
When seeing this app release, I was outraged. I paused, calmed down, opened my mind and tried the app for myself. My conclusion is this app is dangerous, propagates weight stigma, encourages a diet mentality and could lead to a poor relationship with food and food intake, disordered eating, or eating disorders.
I am in eating disorder recovery, and I confidently say this app would have been devastating to me, had I found it when I was young or in my disorder.
A healthy relationship with food can not be obtained, when you look at food as good or bad, healthy or unhealthy, green or red. Labeling food and controlling intake at this minute level is a breeding ground for a disordered relationship with food.
Teach your kids that food is food, that their health is not directly related to their weight. Teach them to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Teach them talk about what they are feeling, recognize emotion, and healthy outlets for emotions and movement. Show them that they don’t have to live by color categorized foods, a diet and exercise plan, a burn to earn mentality or a number on a scale. And for the love of all things good in this world do not teach them that raisins, Apple juice, pistachios, chocolate milk and peanut butter are food to be afraid of! (All red foods in the app - that according to my plan I was only allowed to have 5 of).
Harmful and must be banned
We have decades of evidence suggesting that dieting behavior is the most powerful predictor of developing at eating disorders / disordered eating behavior. Dieting behavior also predicts higher weight and health concerns that have been linked to weight instability/ weight cycling. This app encourages kids as young as 8 to engage in harmful behaviors that are more likely than not to lead to ill health-mental and physical- for a lifetime.
The food: Why is skinless chicken a “yellow” food? What about whole grain bread? Almonds?! What, exactly, do you then propose a child eat?!
The “motivation”: If a child selects the option to engage in this diet to “make their parents happy,” it should RED FLAG them. Maybe even connect them to a hotline to report the psychological abuse they’re enduring. ANYTHING BUT allowing them to continue the diet.
The lies: WW has written boldfaced lies in its FAQ page. The app is not safe. It directly contradicts position statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical and research groups about the harms of child dieting. Parents, please listen to us, the MDs and PhDs who have spent decades rigorously studying this issue. Do not use this app, and please do not allow your children and teens with tech access to use it on their own.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.