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]
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.