Weight Watchers Endorses McDonald's?

I have to be honest here and admit that I couldn't even get through this article. Instead, I stopped and checked my calendar. I wanted to be sure I hadn't missed the rest of March.

Surely this was an April Fool's joke. Right?

When I realized it was no joke, I went back and tried to read the article again. And again, I couldn't get past the part in the first paragraph where it says that Weight Watchers will endorse McDonald's.

Now I'm not perfect. I fully admit that once in awhile, we do partake of the chemicals that are called McDonald's food. I fully admit, however, that it is NOT health food. I KNOW what I'm eating! I know that the meal I just had will NOT help me shed any pounds and might not even really be considered food. It is with FULL acceptance of this fact that I choose to partake.

I'm not one for calling something what it's not. I'm a very, "what you see is what you get" type of girl. And when I see (or hear) "McDonald's" I am NOT thinking...I'm gonna lose weight with this ultra-healthy health food.

I live in reality people!

Perhaps you'll have better luck than me at processing this. I still can't fathom how much McDonald's must have paid the powers-that-be at Weight Watchers to get them to agree to this. (Either that or Weight Watchers was in a LOT of trouble that none of us knew about. Because really. McDonald's?)

I think I better go to bed before I read something else. I don't think I could handle hearing something that Bill Clinton has sworn off cigars...or that George W. Bush has become a grade-school language arts teacher.

Yup. I just need to go to bed!


Heather said...

I've been on and off the Weight Watchers program for many many many many MANY years. I really do believe they are the best option out there because they promote losing weight through healthy eating habits and exercise. They help members set realistic weight-loss goals and offer a fantastic support system through weekly meetings.

I can see how news like this might make people shake their heads, but I also think it's being a little distorted, especially in the story you cited. One of the ways WW encourages people to change their habits is by teaching them they can make healthy choices just about anywhere. Putting the WW seal of approval on a few choice menu items (items which the article failed to mention, by the way) isn't going to send the message to the average Joe that eating McDonald's will help him lose weight. Like with the Applebees WW menu, it will alert members and non-members alike to some of the less horrific menu options (note I did not say more nutritious).

That being said, I stopped at McDonald's on the way home from work and ordered a vanilla cone. I couldn't stop thinking of it since someone mentioned it on one of the message boards on WW's site. :-)

Thoughts of THAT mom said...

You're funny! Hope you enjoyed your weight loss cone. (And for the record, I think Weight Watchers should TOTALLY pay you for that endorsement!)

I know McDonald's has healthier options. Come on, though. What's the fun in mentioning SALAD? (Or eating it for that matter?) I'd MUCH rather have your garlic-laden lasagna, thankyouverymuch!

I just think it sounds incredibly oxy-moronic (is that even a word?) to say "Weight Watchers menu at McDonald's".

P.S.-Why is there a Krispy Kreme next door to every Weight Watcher's location? They do that on purpose don't they?

Heather said...

LOL! There's is actually a pastry shop across the street from my WW location. Did you ever have a chance to visit Ida's in Jenison? Best place in town for donuts.

The vanilla cone is actually one of the healthier options. I can guess what the rest of the WW endorsed menu items will be, and they're all probably what serious WWers would choose anyway.

I do agree with you that there is something a little oxymoron-ish about this pairing, but I think they're only trying to help. I'll tell you what, though. After watching "Food, Inc" I probably won't ever eat one of their hamburgers again.