Weight For it

Weight Watchers International, Inc. announced a groundbreaking partnership with Oprah Winfrey to broaden its mission to prioritize overall health and wellness…..As a part of this long-term partnership, Winfrey is making a substantial equity investment in Weight Watchers and is joining the board of directors. [via]

Oprah3Orka Winfrey? Pimping for Weight Watchers? Groundbreaking or ground shaking?

Somebody help me with this, because again, when it comes to the diet and weight-loss racket in this country, it’s me who’s at a total loss, not my weight. Which is fine as always, thank you.

First of all, I’ve never understood the appeal of Orka Winfrey, whose sole talent seems to consist of emoting in front of teevee cameras. I suppose if you admire people who can market themselves into billionaires, she’s among your heroes, right up there with Donald Trump. Clearly I’m among the minority here. Most people I know positively adore Orka, especially women.

The undeniable fact is, like many people she’s been fat her whole adult life. A ubiquitous public figure, we’ve all seen her bucket of lard photos and been force-fed her moronic pronouncements about lifestyle, how fat is her friend, how it’s nobody’s business (although she’s made a fat fortune living blabbing endlessly about it), how she’s tried all these different diets and exercise programs and visited with therapists and counselors blah blah urk urk ooga ooga. Before Hillary’s classified emails we had Orka’s spoons and forks. Enough!

So why, given her lifelong abject failure at controlling her own damn appetite, would any serious person afford her a shred of credibility when it comes to weight issues? Having Orka as a front man for Weight Watchers is akin to Pitbull pimping for Hair Club for Men.

(Insert “Nice haircut Who’s your barber Stevie Wonder” joke.)

I don’t get it at all. Especially because when this arrangement was announced, shares of the company soared 90%.

There really truly do exist individuals with eating disorders, some created by physiological abnormalities. Orka says she isn’t one of them: she’s just a face-stuffer. And while there are also armies of quacks and frauds making fortunes spewing horrible nonsense about diets and lifestyles, the worst offenders are those that counsel “accepting your obesity” and condemning the rest of the world for its “obsession” with a cultural bias favoring thin-and-trim. The “If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em” approach. These so-called professionals need to be lined up and shot. Or better yet, starved.

Orka and Weight Watchers. Talk about the elephant in the room.

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14 Responses to Weight For it

  1. Barbara Ganousch says:

    You really don’t get it, or you’re just having us on here? The reason Oprah resonates on this topic — and in general — is that she’s so utterly human, and people relate. She bleeds like we do. She understands — exemplifies! –the struggles of weight loss, and millions of people who have gone through it appreciate that a celebrity feels their pain and can speak directly to it. When a slim supermodel discusses the same topic, ordinary people take one look and either dismiss it as gift or just despair. That’s human nature. That’s Oprah.

  2. Living Will says:

    I couldn’t agree more. She’s a revolting made for TV self-promoting lowbrow. The diffrerence between her and a televangelist is they use God, Scripture, and the fear of damnation, while she uses gossip,psychobbable, and beauty products. And now fat.

  3. Mumblety Peg says:

    Men are such pigs.

  4. Piles says:

    Still snickering over “Okra.”

    • One Man's Opinion says:

      Hey Piles……while I’m sure squats was intending to write Okra…..which is amusing…..what he actually wrote is “Orka”, which is orca spelled wrong. I was just about to call him on it, but then I saw your reply.

      So Squats which misspell is it? And I’d like to know what kind of visual disfunction Piles has.

  5. Libby Rae Shone, PhD says:

    It’s very clear that your disdain rests on misogynistic resentment of Oprah Winfrey’s success and popularity, and that no reality-based argument will have much impact. Just understand that millions of people, yes, mostly women, relate very well to her style and messages, and take comfort in her approach to daily problems that confront us all, which she discusses openly and informatively. Weight is a perfect example. Most Americans have agonized on weight issues, and Oprah’s willingness to share her experiences, positive and negative, and empathize with the frustrations of her audience that she herself has shared, is very reinforcing.

    • Cap says:

      Lighten up already!

    • Squathole says:

      What Cap said. But I’m used to it.

      Libby: Leaving aside the baseless knee-jerk suggestion of misogyny (you zealots like jargon to facts) I’m surprised you didn’t denounce my dismissal of your profession as quackery and fraud. Have you abandoned your “Accept and embrace your fat ass” philosophy? Hard to believe — first it would mean you admit how wrong you and your colleagues have been all along, and second, you’d lost money. Perhaps you have a new racket — ear candling, perhaps? What Would Orka Do?

      • Constance Turmohel says:

        Yo, Ahab, what’s up with you and Mabley Dick?

        Yesterday some guy with a very odd hair style and a penchant for kinky sex
        squatted over some woman’s head for 11 hours and couldn’t even come up with a dingle berry.

        This is a dog in desperate need of a stool softener.
        Lobbyists for the toilet paper industry are screaming for subsidies.

        Holster the harpoon. Hucksters gotta eat, too

        Regards,
        CT

      • Rusty Trombone says:

        OK so I’m new here although full disclosure: I’ve been lurking for a while. This last post by Constipated Tern Mohel is the strangest one ever. What comes after WTF? Just sayin. Blasting off now.

  6. Missing Lincoln says:

    You get a sandwich! AND you get a sandwich! And YOU get a sandwich!

  7. Nobody Ever says:

    Yeah, right. I don’t get this whole Oprah thing either.

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