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Another Oprah Weight Pitch? No Thanks, I'm Done

'Maybe it can't be done,' says fan after 'epiphany'

(Newser) - Cassie St.Onge is a longtime fan of Oprah Winfrey, and, like Oprah, she's struggled with her weight for years. But the TV writer and producer had a revelation of sorts while hearing Oprah talk about her latest attempt to keep off extra pounds via her investment in Weight... More »

Why Oprah's Weight Loss Is the Stock Market's Gain

If you own Weight Watchers stock, watch Oprah's weight

(Newser) - Want to win in the stock market? Start paying attention to Oprah's waistline. Bloomberg reports Weight Watchers stocks rose up to 22% Tuesday after Oprah announced she lost 26 pounds using the program. Oprah—an investor and spokesperson for Weight Watchers— tweeted a video in which she claims she... More »

Key to Weight Watchers' Success: It Doesn't Work

Repeat customers are why Oprah's investment is 'brilliant,' writes psychologist

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey's decision to buy a big stake in Weigh Watchers is a "brilliant" business move on Winfrey's part, but not perhaps for the reason she thinks, writes psychology professor Traci Mann at New York . Yes, Weight Watchers seems like a proven success at first blush because... More »

Oprah Joins Weight Watchers, Buys 10% of It

It cost her $43.2M

(Newser) - "But not only am I the owner of 10% of Weight Watchers, I'm also a client." That's the upshot of Monday's big news from Oprah Winfrey, who has paid $43.2 million for a 10% stake in the company. It's part of a five-year... More »

Weight Watchers Founder Dead at 91

Jean Nidetch was a rockstar in the weight loss world

(Newser) - Jean Nidetch, a New York housewife who tackled her own obesity problem, then shared her guiding principles with others in meetings that became known as Weight Watchers, died today at her home in Parkland, Florida, at age 91. Plagued by a weight problem since childhood, Nidetch had tried all manner... More »

Weight Watchers' Friend Is Its Enemy: Fitness Trackers

Membership, revenue slid in 4th quarter

(Newser) - The booming fitness-tracker trend is making it easier for people to track their activity and therefore lose weight, which is essentially what Weight Watchers has been trying to do since 1961. The company has encouraged subscribers to use devices like Fitbit and Jawbone—and even has its own ActiveLink device.... More »

Simpson Thought She'd Be Skinny Once Baby Was Out

Jessica shares her unconventional weight-loss beliefs

(Newser) - The latest fun quote from Jessica "Is tuna chicken?" Simpson: She gained a bit more than 10 pounds while pregnant with daughter Maxwell Drew, and says she "didn't realize [the weight] didn't all come off with the baby." The 5'4" star won't say... More »

New Face of Weight Watchers: Jessica Simpson

Will start $3M gig after having baby

(Newser) - Jessica Simpson hasn't had her baby yet, but she's already planning for how to get back to her pre-pregnancy size. And apparently, she'll be paid $3 million to do so. That's how much the deal she just signed with Weight Watchers is worth, sources tell the... More »

14 Celebs Who've Been Paid to Lose Weight

The latest weight-loss spokesman: former Spice Girl Mel B

(Newser) - Russell Crowe has apparently lost a lot of weight recently. To the tune of nearly 45 pounds, reports Australia's News Limited . He's doing it the old-fashioned way—weights, swimming, biking—and he's sharing the details with his nearly 300,000 Twitter followers (a lazy day for him... More »

Weight Watchers Actually Works

Study finds that it's more effective than standard weight loss care

(Newser) - Science has confirmed it: Weight Watchers is no fad diet. A new study—the first randomized controlled trial to compare a commercial program like Weight Watchers with weight loss care from a doctor—found that overweight patients who go on Weight Watchers lose about twice as much weight as those... More »

And the Best Diet Is...

DASH is tops overall; Weight Watchers best for losing pounds: US News

(Newser) - The best overall diet is the DASH diet, US News & World Report says in new rankings—but if weight loss is your specific goal, go with Weight Watchers. So what's DASH? It stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension and it's generally meant for adults looking to... More »

Weight Watchers Revamps Points System

Diet giant now emphasizes unprocessed foods

(Newser) - Weight Watchers has totally overhauled its legendary points system to reflect changing perceptions about how the body processes food, the first change since its inception in 1997, the New York Times is reporting. Fruits, veggies, and whole foods are generally good, meaning points free, while processed foods should be eaten... More »

Hudson Is New Weight Watchers Spokesperson

Singer got in shape after pregnancy

(Newser) - Jennifer Hudson is the newest celebrity spokesperson for Weight Watchers, the company announced today. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning singer/actress, 28, lost weight after giving birth to son David Jr. in August, and is now thinner than she was pre-pregnancy, Us reports. The ads will begin airing Sunday; Hudson calls Weight... More »

Weight Watchers Approves Some McDonald's Items

Filet-O-Fish, McNuggets assigned points for NZ dieters

(Newser) - One of the more unlikely pairings in food could soon be coming to a McDonald’s near you, as Weight Watchers has agreed to lend its stamp of approval to several items on the menus of the chain’s New Zealand locations. The Filet-O-Fish, Chicken McNuggets and Sweet Chili Seared... More »

Weight Watchers Sues Jenny Craig Over Ad

Commercial claims 'clinical trial' proves Jenny is better

(Newser) - Weight Watchers is suing Jenny Craig over a commercial in which the weight loss company claims that a “major clinical trial” showed that the average Jenny customer lost twice as much weight "as those on the largest weight-loss program.” That’d be Weight Watchers, which says its... More »

Clinic Floor Collapses Under Weight Watchers

Nobody hurt after Swedish clinic buckles under strain

(Newser) - A group of 20 Swedish dieters got a clear indication of backsliders among their number at a recent Weight Watchers weigh-in. The floor of the clinic in southern Sweden began to rumble and then collapsed. Nobody was injured in the incident and the weigh-in resumed in the hallway, the Telegraph... More »

Cash-Strapped Dieters Drop Weight Loss Programs

Millions drop Weight Watchers

(Newser) - Millions of Americans are getting fat on the economic downturn—but not in a good way. As prices for essentials like gas and food spiral, the 20% of the population on a diet are turning away from highly structured weight loss programs like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers in search... More »

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