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Weight Loss Apps Can Help Overweight Kids Shed Pounds

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Technology may be able to help fight childhood obesity by helping kids keep track of what they eat. Holly Firfer has more in today's Health Minute. Weight loss apps may offer help for children battling their weight. The Sanchez family says that was the case with their daughter, Alannah. "You try everything as a mom to make them healthy, healthy eating, we watched our portions, but she still seemed to increase in weight," says Deborah Sanchez, Alannah's mother. 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. "I've switched to smaller plates and I've switched to lighter cheese,: says Allannah Sanchez. "You have to watch your portions a lot." "Weight loss apps are like a modern day food journal you can take them with you everywhere you go so they're really convenient," says registered dietician Ann Dunaway Teh. "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, usually at a fee. Alannah is making great strides. "And now I'm more aware of what I'm going to eat," says Alannah Sanchez. "It's just really taken all of the fighting over food away from me," says Deborah Sanchez. "And all if have to do is guide her and remind her."

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