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Jeb Bush is against this anti-obesity video game

The controversial app, called “Mommio,’’ teaches parents to say things like “try a small bite’’ when encouraging kids to eat greens.

Jeb Bush wants the NIH to say no to “Mommio.’’ Brian Snyder / Reuters

Jeb Bush is taking issue with a federally-funded app that helps parents convince their kids to eat vegetables, saying it’s a waste of “scarce resources,’’ reports Stat.

The controversial app is called “Mommio’’ and teaches parents to say things like “try a small bite’’ when encouraging kids to eat greens. A clinical trial for the app is slated to begin early next year.

Bush isn’t the only one against it. Richard Buday, the president of the small Texas company Archimage Inc., which develops the app, has received threats and hate mail over the program, according to Stat. There is also legislation pending in Congress to block federal funds for any game that teaches “food parenting practices.’’ If it passes, Buday will be stripped of his $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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Bush, during a speech about healthcare reform at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, said he’d like NIH funding to focus on diseases such as Alzeimer’s, breast cancer, and autism.

Read the full story from Stat.

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