The obesity epidemic is showing no signs of slowing in the United States. For kids, many blame the fact that they're staring at a screen all the time. It's either a television, a phone or a computer, but that may be the key to getting them to get a handle on their weight.
Weight loss apps may offer help for children battling their weight. The Sanchez family says that was the case with their daughter, Alannah.
Deborah Sanchez, Alannah's Mother says, "You try everything as a mom to make them healthy, healthy eating, we watched our portions, but she still seemed to increase in weight.."
They found a weight loss app that groups foods as either red, yellow or green. Children are taught to reduce the unhealthy "red" light foods over time.
Alannah says she has switched to smaller plates and to lighter cheese. She says, "You have to watch your portions a lot."
Ann Dunaway Teh, a Registered Dietitian says weight loss apps are like a modern day food journal you can take with you everywhere you go. She says, "They're really convenient. Research has shown that by keeping track of your food and what you eat and drink makes you more mindful of it and therefore you're more able to lose weight."
And if a child or family needs additional help, some apps offer coaching, although that is usually at a fee.
Alannah says she is making great strides because she is now more aware of what she eats, and awareness is the first step to making good habits.
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