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Oprah Winfrey: I've Been a 'Major' Part of 'Diet Culture'

Talk show host wants to shift away from that culture now

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey says that her longtime focus on weight issues "set a standard for people watching that I nor anybody else could uphold." The acknowledgment came during a three-hour live special, broadcast on YouTube, for which the iconic talk show host partnered with WeightWatchers. Making The Shift: A ...

As Oprah Exits, WeightWatchers Stock Tanks

Shares fell 27% following Winfrey's announcement

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is leaving WeightWatchers. The TV personality and podcast host who's served on the company's board of directors since 2015 announced late Wednesday that she won't stand for reelection at the annual shareholders meeting in May. One of the company's biggest shareholders, Winfrey also said...

Starbucks Used to Have a Much Longer Name

Why company dumped Starbucks Coffee, Tea, and Spices, and why other brands changed their names

(Newser) - In a world where our texting shorthand includes "BRB," "LOL," and "K," is it any surprise that we now have brands calling themselves WW, RH, and KFC? USA Today reports on eight companies that have truncated or otherwise modified their original monikers, for various...

Weight Watchers' Bad News Is Oprah's Bad News

Shares are down by a third after a disappointing start to 2019

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey's Weight Watchers investment slimmed way down—at least on paper—Wednesday morning. Shares fell 36% to $18.90 after trading began on the company's news the prior day that 2019 is off to a disappointing start, eating $58 million of Oprah's value. (The year's...

Weight Watchers Changes Its Name
Weight Watchers
Changes Its Name

Weight Watchers Changes Its Name

You don't need a weight-loss goal to join anymore

(Newser) - Weight Watchers' name is slimming down. The company on Monday announced that it would simply be known as WW going forward—with that double-W relating to some new sets of letters. In a bid to shift from the dieting space into the broader wellness space, it's adopting the tagline...

200 More Foods Are Now 0 Points on Weight Watchers

The diet giant changes the standards for guilt-free eating

(Newser) - Rejoice, all you calorie-counting lovers of eggs, yogurt, and lobster! Today, Weight Watchers announced that it is adding more than 200 items to its list of foods that have zero points on its SmartPoints rating system. Which means you can now eat as many skinless chicken breasts and as much...

Oprah's New Bod Is a Gift to Weight Watchers

Shares spike as she reveals 40-pound weight loss

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey has lost 40 pounds since joining Weight Watchers—and that's doubly good news for her. After climbing as much as 19% to $12.50 on Thursday, per Bloomberg , shares of Weight Watchers were sitting at $12.02 as of this writing, meaning the nearly 6.4 million...

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

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Weight Watchers Actually Works
 Weight Watchers Actually Works 
study says

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...

DASH, Weight Watchers Rank at Top of Diet List

 And the Best Diet Is... 
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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...

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...

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...

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