I have been a Weight Watcher’s Member for about 10 years. I joined the program after the birth of my first daughter, again after my second daughter, and just last year after putting on more weight than I had liked. Losing weight is hard work, and each time, I achieved LIFETIME status; however, I did not reach that goal without a great deal of sacrifice and hard work. So, here is my beef with Weight Watchers: They hire big name celebrities to promote the program, and let’s face it; they are NOT real people.
Before I discovered that Jessica Simpson was pregnant again, I contacted the company and told them I did not agree with the advertising and campaigning. Now, after finding out they paid Jessica Simpson $3 million dollars to lose weight and then instantly become pregnant, I am really down on the program. Who is paying for these big name endorsements? We are–the normal, REAL people of America.
Don’t get me wrong; I love both Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson. Jennifer looks amazing, and Jessica did lose her weight. However, for a long period of time, Jessica appeared in commercials and ads from the neck up. REALLY? Let us see her struggle; that would make her seem more realistic to those of us who also struggle and have struggled to lose weight. I also read in an article that Jessica was living on shakes and smoothies. That’s not the Weight Watcher’s program!
So, I am losing some faith in a program that I have followed for a LONG time. Why not spend those dollars to focus on the stories and lives of real people? Again, I adore Jennifer Hudson, but with her millions, I am sure she has her own private gym in her own home, her own personal trainer, and probably her own personal chef. For real people, who juggle a dozen activities a day, those things just are not realistic. Plus, if you use your points correctly and exercise a few times a week, the program is supposed to work for you. So, are these celebrity promoters really using the program the way it is intended?
When I was contacted by the New York Office in regards to my concerns about Jessica, I felt as though they danced around my issues. I was told that Jessica was losing weight safely and slowly. Fine; show us with pictures. Who cares how long it takes her? I have attended enough meetings to know that it takes some real people a long time to shed even 10 pounds. I am having a difficult time believing in a program that no longer seems real to me.