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WW, formerly known as WeightWatchers, launched a diet and nutrition app marketed at children and adolescents this week and have faced immense backlash since.

Kurbo by WW is a free programme that claims to help eight-year-olds to 17-year-olds "build healthy habits", and lose weight through personalised coaching and food tracking.

The app's "traffic light" diet approach categorises foods as red, yellow and green (red being the most process, sugar-filled, yellow being lean protein and pasta and green being fruit and veg).

Kurbo by WW was developed at Stanford University, and WW have defended their programme by stating the app is backed by safe scientific studies. 

CEO of WW, Mindy Grossman, said; "To change the health trajectory of the world, we have a tremendous opportunity, but also a responsibility, to help kids, teens and families adopt healthy habits."

Many critics of the app insist that encouraging kids and teenagers to diet can perpetuate an unhealthy and dangerous mindset.

Fatphobic cultural messaging around dieting has led to a massive issue surrounding eating disorders and mental health among youth.

In an article published in Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics in 2015, researchers found that because adolescence is such an important time for body image development, 12-to-18-year-olds with a negative perception of their body or weight are more likely to develop eating disorders or dysfunctional exercise habits.

Of course, obesity can be linked to numerous health concerns but disordered eating and mental health conditions among adolescent is reportedly more likely to pose a dangerous risk than paediatric obesity.

35-to-37 percent of adolescent girls in the US alone report using unhealthy weight loss measures, according to the National Eating Disorder Association. These methods include fasting, smoking, taking laxatives and 'skinny teas', skipping meals and even vomiting.

One-in-three adolescents in the UK alone reported experiencing mental health issues, according to a troubling survey by the charity Action for Children. 

More than 12 percent of adolescents in the US are affected by depression every year. 

Many people on social media were furious about the Kurbo by WW app. Jameela Jamil, an activist and actress who runs the iWeigh campaign for body positivity, tweeted her disgust at the news.

“Are we kidding? Breeding obsession with weight and calories and food at the age of…8?" she wrote. "I was 11 when my obsession started, due to being put on a diet for being the heaviest girl in the class. I became afraid of food. It ruined my teens and twenties.”

Petitions have already been created against the app, with the hashtag #LoveNotDiets trending to urge parents to use love rather than diets to help their nutritional habits.

Childhood obesity is still an incredibly serious public health challenge of the 21st century, and the app attempts to reduce a child's sugar intake. There is nothing wrong with promoting healthy foods and exercising for physical and mental health benefits. 

However, many parents feel that instilling a diet-centered mindset among young people who are already vulnerable could be a dangerous mistake. Targeting the mental health crisis could be a more productive way forward.

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Nobody can deny the fact that Victoria's Secret Angels are genetically blessed, but they also work very hard to maintain said blessings. 


ONE MORE DAY!!! Watch the @victoriassecret fashion show tomorrow on @cbstv at 10/9C!!!

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Recently, Taylor Hill spoke to The Times about her life as a super model, and how she manages to look like a goddess all the time. 


Love these angels  WE DID IT 

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The 20-year-old stunner revealed that she eats "3,000 calories a day before the VS show. Three thousand!"… that is a LOT of food. 


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The Chicago native also explained that "Victoria's Secret girls are like athletes. We're like Olympians. We're strong".


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So the moral of the story here is ladies, dieting is not about cutting calories and starving yourself… it's about eating loads of GOOD food. 


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Give it time, and you'll look just like Taylor Hill (kind of…)


With Christmas FM back on the radio and the Coca-Cola ad returned to TV, the festive season is officially under way.

But while many dread this time of year for the effects it can have on one’s waistline, an abundance of chocolate, pudding and wine may well be the least of our worries.

As part of a growing annual tradition, major coffee chains like Starbucks, Costa Coffee and Caffè Nero have updated their menus to include a range of delicious but sugar laden holiday beverages.

In nutritional terms, the most offensive of these drinks contains almost 300 calories and over 50g of sugar – that’s 15 percent of the average woman’s daily calorie allowance and twice her recommended intake of the sweet stuff.

Here’s what to look out for in Starbucks, Costa and Caffè Nero this Christmas:



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Fudge Hot Chocolate (tall): 287kcal, 31.1g sugar, 11.9g fat.

Toffee Nut Latte (tall): 268kcal, 30g sugar, 11.1g fat.

Eggnog Latte (tall): 248kcal, 32.1g sugar, 10.7g fat.

Gingerbread Latte (tall): 265kcal, 29.3g sugar, 10.7g fat.


Caffè Nero:


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Tiramisu Hot Chocolate (regular): 291kcal, 50.9g sugar, 5.1g fat.

Tiramisu Latte (regular): 143kcal, 22.4g sugar, 2.8g fat.


Costa Coffee:


Time for a Christmas pit stop? You can’t go wrong with an Amaretti Latte.

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Mint Hot Chocolate (primo): 273kcal, 31g sugar, 10.2g fat.

Black Forest Hot Chocolate (primo): 247kcal, 25.3g sugar, 25.3g fat.

Orange Hot Chocolate (primo): 241kcal, 25.3g sugar, 10g fat. 

Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate (primo): 224kcal, 19.9g sugar, 10g fat.

Honeycomb Latte (primo): 217kcal, 23.4g sugar, 9.9g fat.

Gingerbread Latte (primo): 169kcal, 11.6g sugar, 9.3g fat.

Lindt Hot Chocolate (one size): 163kcal, 16g sugar, 6.3g fat.

Amaretti Latte (primo): 160kcal, 12.1g sugar, 8.9g fat.

Salted Caramel Cappuccino (primo): 64kcal, 8.8g sugar, 0.8g fat.  


We'll be honest – we never actually believed a roll in the hay equated with a full-on cardio session, but when you hear it enough times, you do start to use it as a reason to ditch that evening's gym session, right?

But if your other half has been using the no-pants-dance as an excuse to take a time-out from training during the week, you may want to tell them they've been wasting their time.

According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, for a man who weighs 154 lbs – or 11 stone –  a 60-minute sex session will burn 210 calories which is the equivalent of walking at – wait for it – a moderate pace.

And if you think 60 minutes sounds pretty damn ambitious, you're not alone.

Commenting on the stamina of our other halves, the scientists explained: "Given that the average bout of sexual activity lasts about six minutes, a man in his early-to-mid-30s might expend approximately 21 calories during sexual intercourse."

Adding insult to injury, they continued: "Of course, he would have spent roughly one third that amount of energy just watching television, so the incremental benefit of one bout of sexual activity with respect to energy expended is plausibly on the order of 14 calories."

14 measly calories? Sounds like those lads need to work a little harder…


With Halloween quickly approaching, people everywhere are already foaming at the mouth at the thought of all the sweets they’ll be indulging in on October 31st.

However, with eyes much bigger than our bellies, we're sure to be binging on Halloween choccies for weeks!

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Now, while we’re all for allowing yourself a treat now and then, moderation is key because all that junk can take a long time to work off.

We’ve broken down how many jumping jacks you’d have to do to burn off all those added calories in hopes of making Halloween as sin-free as possible.

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And these numbers are just for the fun-size sweeties… you've been warned!

Fun-Size Halloween Treats

No. of jumping jacks

 Jelly Belly Jellybeans 234
 Kit Kat 467
 M&M's (plain) 487
 Milky Way 534
 Skittles 534
 Snickers 534
 Twix 534
 Dairy Milk 534
 Crunchie 540
 M&M's (peanut) 600
 Maltesers 654
 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup 734
 Rolo 1,067


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We hate to be the bearer of bad news but you'll thank us in November!


There are few things in this world as genuinely relaxing as a long, candle-lit bubble bath, but did you know your evening soak could actually help you lose weight?

It has long been suggested that bathing allows the mind to unwind, the muscles to relax and the skin to heal, but a new study has revealed that an hour spent in the tub can also burn around 126 calories – that’s as many calories as 30 minutes out walking.

According to The Telegraph, research conducted by Loughborough University found that lying in a 40 degree bath also effectively reduces blood sugar levels.

Authors of the 20 year study – which was actually designed to investigate ways of managing type 2 diabetes – believe that the heat shock proteins released when the body’s temperature is significantly raised caused the noted reduction in blood sugar levels.

The study’s lead researcher Dr Steve Faulkner said: “We discovered the participants who bathed had, on average, 10 per cent lower peak glucose levels in comparison to the exercise, which was completely unexpected.”

“The amount our blood sugar rises after a meal is one of the risk markers for things like developing type 2 diabetes, so keeping it down can be good for our health.”

“We think the reason is that the bath may encourage the release of heat shock proteins, which may help lower blood sugar levels by improving insulin controlled glucose uptake.”

While experts have advised that bathing should not be used as a replacement for a balanced diet and exercise, it sure is good to know that time spent in the tub has so many benefits.

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Here in SHEmazing Towers we're big fans of no-nonsense weight-loss. And in our books that means shedding the excess pounds of winter without scrapping our three-a-day Maltesers bunny habit. 

Now another weight-loss tip that's right up our street has come to our attention: namely that drinking WINE before bed can keep you slim.


We have Washington State University and Harvard to thank for such an invaluable contribution to health science – they found that a chemical called resveratrol stops your body's fat cells gaining more fat, therefore helping you stay slim. 

And where is this wonder chemical found? That's right – in WINE!

According to scientists, drinking at least two glasses – aka a half a bottle – can help beat obesity by some 70 percent. 

But wait.. there's more: the University Of Denmark found that people who drank everyday had slimmer waistlines compared to their sober counterparts, while Harvard’s weight gain study of 20,000 people revealed that out of all of those that gained a large amount of weight, none of them were drinkers. 

Happy Friday, folks!


We love rice! After all, it's cheap, it's delicious and it goes with LOADS of different dips, sauces and dishes.

However, in particular with the white variety, sadly a lot of rice isn't really healthy. That's because even a modest serving has around 200 calories in it, and most of those calories come in the form of starch.

In our bodies, starch converts to sugar, and excess sugar converts to… yup, you guessed it, FAT! 

Still, one undergraduate student at the College Of Chemical Sciences in Sri Lanka has now come up with simple way to reduce the number of calories in rice by up to 50 percent – AND the technique actually adds in further health benefits too.

So what does it involve? 

"What we did is cook the rice as you normally do, but when the water is boiling, before adding the raw rice, we added coconut oil – about 3 percent of the weight of the rice you're going to cook," said Sudhair James, who presented his research at the National Meeting & Exposition Of The American Chemical Society earlier this week.

"After it was ready, we let it cool in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. That's it."

So how does it work? Well, not all starches are created equal, with digestible starches generally being worse for you than resistant starches. The latter take longer for your body to process and therefore aren't converted into glucose or glycogen in the same way as their digestible counterparts.

This, in short, means fewer calories. Hurrah!

And it is possible to change the makeup of a starch – which is what the coconut oil does to rice during the cooking process. 

"The oil interacts with the starch in rice and changes its architecture," said Mr James. "Chilling the rice then helps foster the conversion of starches. The result is a healthier serving, even when you heat it back up."

The calorie reduction in the dishes he looked at ranged from 10 percent to 50 percent.

And people should be able to replicate the process at home, although Mr James warns the results might vary depending on the type of rice used. 


Yep, you read that headline right – unfortunately. 

A survey for Safe Food has shown that many lunch wraps that are sold in shops around the country contain as many calories as a 12" pizza. 

Researchers viewed 240 wraps from 80 outlets across Ireland, and found that many have up to 1,000 calories as well as a high salt and fat content. 

According to the survey, one person in every three believes that a wrap is healthier than a normal sandwich, whereas a tortilla wrap contains just as many calories as two slices of white bread.

Chicken Salad, Chicken Tikka, Chicken Caeser Salad were three of the most popular fillings – but they also pack on the calories. 

If you opt for a Chicken Tikka wrap with crisps and a soft drink, you're looking at consuming 1,400 calories, which is 60 percent of a person's daily recommended intake. 

So if this has scared you a little (or a lot), Safe Food advise you to opt for lean meats and fish, fresh fruit, vegetables and cut back on any dressings!


Sure, you can go low-carb, gluten-free and vegan… but the most basic way to lose weight is still just to cut calories.

What a pity it's such a pickle to actually put into practice.

The simple fact is you can drop half a kilo a week by cutting out 500 calories per day – sounds great right? Of course it does! 

So here are easy tips on how to trim up on your calorie intake:


Don't eat in front of the TV

Research at the University Of Massachusetts states that you'll end up eating more calories if you sit in front of a TV. Instead, eat at the dinner table and trade one-hour of TV for a casual walk. 


Step away from the nuts

Especially a big bowl! Nuts have heart-healthy fats but they're also very high in calories. If you can't resist though go for pistachios. Two handfuls of pistachios are just 160 calories whereas two handfuls of mixed nuts amounts to 525 calories. 


Limit salad toppings

A big bowl of hearty greens might seem healthy, but all those goodies on top can add some serious calories. Try swap your dressings and croutons for flavourful veg such as roasted bell peppers, grilled onions or mushrooms.


Use a smaller plate

Swap your standard 30cm plate for a 25cm one. You'll eat about 25 percent less – and save up to 500 calories!


Skip the whip

Some coffees would not be complete without a little whipped cream on top – but they have a huge amount of calories in them. Some dessert-like coffee creations contain as many as 670 calories! Craving your cream? Try it on a shot of espresso for a total of 30 calories. 


Skinny up cocktails

Syrups, sour mix, sugary fruit and creamy additions to your drinks can turn them into desserts. An indulgent cocktail could add up to nearly 400 calories! Instead, order drinks that are mixed with club soda, tonic water, citrus fruits or cranberry juice. Your waistline will thank you. 


A new study by the journal Public Health Nutrition has revealed that people consume up to 200 extra calories when they eat out instead of eating at home.

The study looked at the habits of 12,000 people aged 20 to 64, and found that the days they chose to eat at a fast food restaurant, they consumed an extra 194.49 calories, saturated fat by 3.48 grams, sugar by 3.95 grams and salt by 296.38 mgs.

Going somewhere a bit fancier wasn’t any better either, in fact it was worse! People who dined at a table service restaurant consumed an extra 205.21 calories, and with higher intake of saturated fat by 2.52 grams and salt by 451.06 mgs.

Well, there go our dinner plans!


We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but what we didn’t know was that it can help us burn calories.

According to new research, if you eat a good breakfast,, you will lose more calories than if you skip it.

The University of Bath divided a certain number of people aged between 21 and 60 into a ‘fasting’ group and a ‘breakfast’ group. It’s kind of obvious who did what in each group!

While the study found that having breakfast didn’t stop snacking during the day, those who did have it were more active, making them use more energy – about 442 calories worth.

Principal investigator in the study, Dr James Betts said: “The main finding from our study is that people who eat breakfast burn more calories. Most people would think this is because of reduced snacking and increased metabolic rate but actually this is due to moving around. They were more active during the period that they had eaten breakfast. People moved around if they had been fed and there are many benefits to being active.”

So, if we eat breakfast, we have more energy which we end up burning off anyway – amazing!