Author:Katie Bick

Family Success Story: Kurbo allows Mom, Liana, to build a new relationship with her 12 year old daughter, Mya, who also loses 10 pounds.

Liana wanted to stop arguing with her daughter, Mya about food, so they signed up for Kurbo. “I wanted her to gain healthy eating habits in a positive way. I just needed someone other than me to teach her,” Liana says. “I didn’t think I was healthy for my someone my age and I was concerned about my weight,” Mya shares.

They were both happy that Kurbo wasn’t focused on counting calories. “I have personally tried counting calories and it is something I didn’t want Mya to do. I don’t think it’s a positive way to change your behavior. We wanted a program to start tracking food and exercise that was kid friendly. Kurbo is the only kid friendly program that’s out there to choose from, and it’s perfect,” Mya shares.

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Weight Watchers for Teen Boys?

Weight Watchers for teen boys, is this a good idea? There are numerous weight solutions out there, all of which using different strategies, so it’s important to critically analyze which programs will improve a teen boy’s health instead of potentially damaging it. Is it Weight Watchers for teen boys, MyFitness Pal, or Jenny Craig? We first have to note that teens are not mini-adults. The challenges to weight loss that teens face are not the same as those faced by adults, so we should not provide them with adult weight-loss solutions. When addressing a topic as important as weight, finding a solution designed for teens is crucial to their overall health and development.

Teen boys who are turning to food to feel comforted typically find themselves in a negative feedback loop: they eat to feel better, then they look in the mirror or compare themselves to their peers or men in magazines, they feel bad, then eat again to distract themselves from their pain or to feel instant gratification. This cycle can persist into adulthood, but it can be avoided with a straight forward solution: health coaching with coaches trained specifically to work with teens.

Kurbo uses a behavior modification and an accountability program much like Weight Watchers; the difference is that Kurbo’s coaches are experienced to work with teens and the evidence based curriculum is suited for adolescents with an 88% success rate.

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Family Weight Loss Success Story: After trying many different diets, Gracie and her parents finally tried Kurbo and lost a combined 80lbs as a family.

After her doctor suggested she lose weight, Gracie signed up for Kurbo with her parents. “I wanted to show my doctor that I could lose weight and also I wanted to fit into my musical theater costume,” Gracie says. Gracie’s parents, Brad and Mandy, joined the program too in order to support her, but soon after began seeing results themselves.  

The whole family started making changes after watching the educational videos on the app. “We realized that even when we were eating the right foods, like brown rice, we were eating too much. Now, at suppertime we’ll say to each other, ‘That looks larger than the size of your fist!’ We are empowered with knowledge,” Mandy shares.
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Child Success Story: Valentine, age 8, drops 11 BMI points and transforms her family’s health trajectory

Worried about Valentine’s rapid weight gain, Aurore decided to try Kurbo. “I liked that it was tailored to kids and their parents. I thought the approach was really about health and empowering kids to make the right choices,” Aurore, Valentine’s mom says. Valentine was also excited to start. “I wanted to lose my belly fat,” Valentine shares.

Valentine’s favorite part about Kurbo was getting her coach. “I got a new friend. Coach Zoe is the best,” Valentine says. “She loved Coach Zoe and really looked forward to the session with her each week,” Valentine says.

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Meet Coach Lisa: Former professional dancer turned health coach and zumba instructor!

With extensive training in health coaching, Lisa was made to be a Kurbo coach. “I received my Health Coaching Certification and Master Level Certification through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. I have specialty certifications in the area of Family Health and Prime Time Health, which is ideal for adults and seniors over the age of 40.”

She became a Kurbo coach in order to help families develop healthy eating and exercise habits. “By guiding, mentoring, and educating kids through evidence based tools and resources, they can feel empowered and confident in their ability to take ownership of their health. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to reach families all over the world.”

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Child Weight Loss Success Story: Kacie, 7 years old, drops a significant 8 BMI points and helps her parents lose pounds, too!

With a family history of obesity and diabetes, Kacie’s mom wanted her to gain healthy habits early on. “I’ve just felt like that is not something that is adequately taught to you as a child or even as an adult and I wanted to give her a better foundation of tools that she could build off of and not encounter the same frustrations as I have as an adult,” Kacie’s mom, Brooke says.

Kacie also was eager to start Kurbo, after experiencing frequent stomach aches.“My tummy was hurting and I thought that maybe eating healthier would make me feel better,” Kacie says. “I wanted a program that focused more on feeling good instead of focusing on weight,” Brooke shares.

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Meet Coach Lindsay: Dessert loving-outdoor adventure gal

Lindsay wanted to become a Kurbo Coach so she could inspire kids and families to live healthier lives. I believe that healthier lives mean happier and more fulfilled lives. I love meeting kids who are all at different stages in their health journeys. Each person I work with through Kurbo is so unique and I often learn a lot from the people I coach.”

As a coach, she is constantly inspired by her Kurbo kids and how determined they are to get healthier.  My most memorable moment was when I met a Kurbo kid who had decided to try out the program himself and was hoping that if it went well, his parents would also join.”

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Child Weight Loss Success Story: At age 12, Sophie loses 20 pounds and impresses her doctor

After her doctor suggested she lose weight, Sophie decided to try the Kurbo app. “Other tracking programs were really confusing and made me add up all of my calories. I couldn’t do it on my own. When we found out about the Kurbo program, I was excited because it seemed like something I could do all by myself and it was comforting to know that they work specifically with kids,” Sophie says.

Two weeks later, Sophie decided it was time to get a Kurbo coach. “Getting a coach instead of just using the app was the best decision we’ve ever made and we’re actually extending our coaching plan,” Sophie’s mom, Heather shares. “Coach Lisa will make sure to focus on things I want to learn about, like reading labels and becoming independent when I’m making food choices. She’s now more of a friend than just a coach and I look forward to talking with her each week,” Sophie says.

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Child Weight Loss Success Story: 11 year old Phoebe learns to read food labels and drops a dramatic 9 BMI points

Phoebe joined Kurbo so that she could feel more confident in her weight. “I personally wasn’t happy with the way I looked. I started looking for food tracking apps, but most were for adults so they weren’t going to work for me. Then I stumbled on the Kurbo app and it looked perfect.”

Coach Jennifer and Phoebe started working on introducing more healthy foods into her diet. “Once I started Kurbo and got my coach, it made me really want to try new foods because I had a goal to set. I had never tried sweet potatoes or cauliflower before and now I love them,” Phoebe shares.

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